Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art

  title={Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art},
  author={Tej{\'u}m{\'o}l{\'a} Ọl{\'a}n{\'i}yan},
  journal={African Studies Review},
  pages={215 - 223}
This Review Forum, a new feature of the African Studies Review , is a space where leading scholars, representing a diversity of critical opinions, engage with a significant new book, followed by a response from the author. The constraints typical of a book review are still there—space is limited and the task of distilling broad and complex ideas into portable resonant essences is paramount. The great advantage of the forum is that it makes widely available to scholars a well-considered, lively… 

Yoruba art and language: Seeking the African in African art

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  • Art
    Journal of the African Literature Association
  • 2019
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