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Title:Syncretic arenas: essays on postcolonial African drama and theatre for Esiaba Irobi
Editor:Diala, IsidoreISNI
Series:Cross/cultures (ISSN 0924-1426)
City of publisher:Amsterdam
ISBN:9789042038981; 9789401211802
Geographic terms:Africa
About persons:Esiaba Irobi (1960-2010)ISNI
Adam Small (1936-)ISNI
Robert Serumaga (1939-)ISNI
Cajetan Boy
John E. Sibi-OkumuISNI
Duro Ladip?ISNI
Abstract:This collection of essays examines the legacy of the Nigerian playwright, actor, stage director, drama theorist, and poet Esiaba Irobi (1960-2010). The first part of the book appraises Irobi's life and career and pays particular attention to his negotiations of the two Nigerian traditions, indigenous practice and the literary appropriation of that tradition (contributions by Olu Oguibe, Martin Banham, Georgina Alaukwu-Ehuriah, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Femi Osofisan, Tanure Ojaide, Biodun Jeyifo, Benedictus Nwachukwu, Obiwu, Olu Oguibe, Isidore Diala, Henry Obi Ajumeze, and Leon Osu). The second part of the book delineates the varying concerns of postcolonial African drama and theatre, highlighting its necessarily syncretic nature. Contributions: Theatre and modernization in the first age of globalization: the Cairo Opera House (Christopher Balme); Autobiography as counter-memory in 'The Orange Earth' of Adam Small (Hein Willemse); Directing politics: Soyinkan parallels in the works of Uganda's Robert Serumaga (Don Rubin); Afrika Cultural Centre: phoenix under apartheid and burnt ember under democracy? (Bhekizizwe Peterson); The anxiety of class in Kenyan drama: a reading of Boy's 'Benta' and Sibi-Okumu's 'Role play' (Christopher Odhiambo Joseph); A heritage of violence: paradoxes of freedom and memory in recent South African play-texts (Anton Krueger); African drama and the construction of an indigenous cultural identity: an examination of four major Nigerian plays (Kene Igweonu); The creative development, importance, and dramaturgy of Duro Ladipo's 'Oba Ko So' (Oluseyi Ogunjobi); Critical responses: the evolution of the theatre critics in South Africa (Temple Hauptfleisch); 'I want to dialogue': Chief Muraina Oyelami talking Osogbo and beyond (Christine Matzke). [ASC Leiden abstract]