• Matthew Omelsky deposited The Creaturely Modernism of Amos Tutuola in the group Group logo of LLC African to 1990LLC African to 1990 on MLA Commons 7 months ago

    This article examines the global African modernism of Amos Tutuola through the lens of his nonhuman folkloric creatures. Though the work of the early Nigerian novelist is often characterized as modernism’s inversion, or “traditional,” Tutuola in fact articulates a succession of surreal monsters in The Palm Wine Drinkard (1952) and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954) that literally embody commodities and technologies, rupturing the trite image of an insular, primitive Africa. With televisions for hands and footballs for eyes, Tutuola’s modern creatures situate West Africa as a global nexus of social relation, consumer culture, and commodity flows.