African Drama and Performance

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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-Jose Hourantier, Loren Kruger, Pius Ngandu Nkashama, Isidore Okpewho, Tejumola Olaniyan, Ato Quayson, Sandra L. Richards, Wole Soyinka, Dominic Thomas, and Bob W. White.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 149.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253217016
  • 9780253217011
  • 2,019,630

About Associate Professor John Conteh-Morgan

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.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Tejumola Olaniyan and John Conteh-MorganPart 1. General Contexts1. TBAWole Soyinka2. Dimensions of Theatricality in AfricaJoachim Fiebach3. Theater and Anthropology, Theatricality and CultureJohannes Fabian4. Pre-Texts and Intermedia: African Theater and the Question of HistoryAto QuaysonPart 2. Intercultural Negotiations5. Soyinka, Euripides, and the Anxiety of EmpireIsidore Okpewho6. Antigone in the "Land of the Incorruptible": Sylvain Bemba's Noces posthumes pour Santigone (Black Wedding Candles for Blessed- Antigone)John Conteh-Morgan7. Gestural Interpretation of the Occult in the Bin Kadi-So Adaptation of MacbethMarie-Jose Hourantier8. Yoruba Gods on the American Stage: August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and GoneSandra L. RichardsPart 3. Radical Politics and Aesthetics9. Femi Osofisan: The Form of Uncommon SenseTejumola Olaniyan10. Revolution and Recidivism: The Problem of Kenyan History in the Plays of Ngugi wa Thiong'oNicholas Brown11. The Politics and Theater of Sony Labou TansiDominic ThomasPart 4. Popular Expressive Genres and the Performance of Culture12. Theater for Development and TV Nation: Notes on Educational Soap Opera in South AfricaLoren Kruger13. Literacy, Improvisation, and the Virtual Script in Yoruba Popular TheaterKarin Barber14. Modernity's Trickster: "Dipping" and "Throwing" in Congolese Popular Dance MusicBob W. White15. How They See It: The Politics and Aesthetics of Nigeria Video FilmsAkin AdesokanPart 5. The Social as Drama16. The Turner-Schechner Model of Performance as Social Drama: A Re-examination in Light of Anlo-Ewe HaloDaniel Avorgbedor17. Theaters of Truth, Acts of Reconciliation: The TRC in South AfricaCatherine Cole18. Theatricality and Social MimodramaPius Ngandu NkashamaBibliographyContributorsIndexshow more