African Drama and Performance

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John Conteh-Morgan, Tejumola Olaniyan
Indiana University Press, 2004 - Drama - 274 pages
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African Drama and Performance is a collection of innovative and wide-ranging essays that bring conceptually fresh perspectives, from both renowned and emerging voices, to the study of drama, theatre, and performance in Africa. Topics range from studies of major dramatic authors and formal literary dramas to improvisational theatre and popular video films. South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions are analyzed as a kind of social performance, and aspects of African performance in the diaspora are also considered. This dynamic volume underscores theatre's role in postcolonial society and politics and reexamines performance as a form of high art and everyday social ritual.

Contributors are Akin Adesokan, Daniel Avorgbedor, Karin Barber, Nicholas Brown, Catherine Cole, John Conteh-Morgan, Johannes Fabian, Joachim Fiebach, Marie-Jos Hourantier, Loren Kruger, Pius Ngandu Nkashama, Isidore Okpewho, Tejumola Olaniyan, Ato Quayson, Sandra L. Richards, Wole Soyinka, Dominic Thomas, and Bob W. White.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
General Contexts
9
1 King Baabu and the Renaissance Vision
11
2 Dimensions of Theatricality in Africa
24
3 Theatre and Anthropology Theatricality and Culture
39
African Theatre and the Question of History
46
Intercultural Negotiations
53
5 Soyinka Euripides and the Anxiety of Empire
55
11 The Politics and Theatre of Sony Labou Tansi
144
Popular Expressive Genres and the Performance of Culture
153
Notes on Educational Soap Opera in South Africa
155
13 Literacy Improvisation and the Virtual Script in Yoruba Popular Theatre
176
The Politics and Aesthetics of Nigerian Video Films
189
Dipping and Throwing in Congolese Popular Dance Music
198
The Social as Drama
217
The TRC in South Africa
219

Sylvain Bembas Noces posthumes de Santigone Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone
78
7 Gestural Interpretation of the Occult in the Bin KadiSo Adaptation of Macbeth
88
August Wilsons Joe Turners Come and Gone
94
Radical Politics and Aesthetics
107
The Form of Uncommon Sense
109
The Problem of Kenyan History in the Plays of Ngugi wa Thiongo
126
A Reexamination in Light of AnloEwe Haló
227
18 Theatricality and Social Mimodrama
238
Bibliography
249
Contributors
269
Index
273
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John Conteh-Morgan is Associate Professor of French and African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. He is author of Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa and editor of Research in African Literatures.

Tejumola Olaniyan is Professor of English and African Languages and
Literatures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is author of Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance.

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