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Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance : The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American and Caribbean Drama

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Looking in detail at the works of Baraka, Soyinka, Walcott and Shange and their historical trajectories in black anti-Eurocentric discourses, Olaniyan offers a sophisticated reading of how these writers are preoccupied with the invention of a post-imperial cultural identity. Drawing on contemporary theory and cultural studies, Olaniyan provides a meticulous account of the social foundations of an important aesthetic form, the drama of the African diaspora.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 168.7 x 229.6 x 13.5mm | 323.47g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195094069
  • 9780195094060

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An excellent job and...a must for students of African Literature. * V.Y. Mudimbe, Duke University. * The publication of this book marks the emergence of a major new intellect in the field of post-colonial studies. * Abiola Irele, The Ohio State University, and Editor, Research in African Literatures. * A long overdue and very successful comparaitve approach to several of the most important contemporary Black playwrights. Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance offers a fascinating, ambitious, and challenging reading of modern pan-African drama as a specific conceptual formation and cultural practice. Drawing on a variety of contemporary critical languages, but equally conversant in the contestatory idioms of Negritude writers, Fanon, and their inheritors, Olaniyan illuminates not only the convergence of competing discourses and historical pressures that helped shape a distinctive pan-African theater, but forces reconsideration of the drama's ambiguous" stagings of anticolonial and "post-Afrocentric" aspirations. Olaniyan's attention to subtle inflections of language and genre produce stimulating and persuasive readings of individual plays, and form the core of his vision of Black drama as an endless "reinvention" of postcolonial identities.. * Kimberly W. Benston, Haverford College * This book is destined to elevate comparative research on African Diaspora drama out of the sub-basement of scholarship. Olaniyan literally performs this transformation by his choice of authors, carefull attention to texts, and criticism informed broadly by a rich dialogue among contemporary cultural and literary theorists.... The argument is presented forcfully, at times eloquently, with a turn of phrase likely to be quoted in the future by other scholars. * Ve Ve Clark, University of California, Berkeley * An excellent job and...a must for students of African Literature. * V.Y. Mudimbe, Duke University *show more

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Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance transforms the way we understand the English-language drama of the African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, Tejumola Olaniyan shows how these writers negotiate between an Afrocentric and a liberating Post-Afrocentric space.show more

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