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African Drama and Performance : Research in African Literatures Book African Expressive Cult - John Conteh-Morgan

African Drama and Performance

Research in African Literatures Book African Expressive Cult

By: John Conteh-Morgan (Editor), Tejumola Olaniyan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780253217011
Number Of Pages: 288

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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-JosA(c) Hourantier, Loren Kruger, Pius Ngandu Nkashama, Isidore Okpewho, Tejumola Olaniyan, Ato Quayson, Sandra L. Richards, Wole Soyinka, Dominic Thomas, and Bob W. White.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
General Contexts
King Baabu and the Renaissance Visionp. 11
Dimensions of Theatricality in Africap. 24
Theatre and Anthropology, Theatricality and Culturep. 39
Pre-Texts and Intermedia: African Theatre and the Question of Historyp. 46
Intercultural Negotiations
Soyinka, Euripides, and the Anxiety of Empirep. 55
Antigone in the "Land of the Incorruptible": Sylvain Bemba's Noces posthumes de Santigone (Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone)p. 78
Gestural Interpretation of the Occult in the Bin Kadi-So Adaptation of Macbethp. 88
Yoruba Gods on the American Stage: August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gonep. 94
Radical Politics and Aesthetics
Femi Osofisan: The Form of Uncommon Sensep. 109
Revolution and Recidivism: The Problem of Kenyan History in the Plays of Ngugi wa Thiong'op. 126
The Politics and Theatre of Sony Labou Tansip. 144
Popular Expressive Genres and the Performance of Culture
Theatre for Development and TV Nation: Notes on Educational Soap Opera in South Africap. 155
Literacy, Improvisation, and the Virtual Script in Yoruba Popular Theatrep. 176
"How They See It": The Politics and Aesthetics of Nigerian Video Filmsp. 189
Modernity's Trickster: "Dipping" and "Throwing" in Congolese Popular Dance Musicp. 198
The Social as Drama
Theatres of Truth, Acts of Reconciliation: The TRC in South Africap. 219
The Turner-Schechner Model of Performance as Social Drama: A Reexamination in LIght of Anlo-Ewe Halop. 227
Theatricality and Social Mimodramap. 238
Bibliographyp. 249
Contributorsp. 269
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780253217011
ISBN-10: 0253217016
Series: Research in African Literatures Book African Expressive Cult
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.49  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.42