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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. King Baabu and the Renaissance Vision
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 2. Dimensions of Theatricality in Africa
  2. pp. 24-38
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  1. 3. Theatre and Anthropology, Theatricality and Culture
  2. pp. 39-45
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  1. 4. Pre-Texts and Intermedia: African Theatre and the Question of History
  2. pp. 46-54
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  1. 5. Soyinka, Euripides, and the Anxiety of Empire
  2. pp. 55-77
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  1. 6. Antigone in the “Land of the Incorruptible”: Sylvain Bemba’s Noces posthumes de Santigone (Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone)
  2. pp. 78-87
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  1. 7. Gestural Interpretation of the Occult in the Bin Kadi-So Adaptation of Macbeth
  2. pp. 88-93
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  1. 8. Yoruba Gods on the American Stage: August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
  2. pp. 94-108
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  1. 9. Femi Oso
  2. pp. 109-125
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  1. 10. Revolution and Recidivism: The Problem of Kenyan History in the Plays of Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  2. pp. 126-143
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  1. 11. The Politics and Theatre of Sony Labou Tansi
  2. pp. 144-154
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  1. 12. Theatre for Development and TV Nation: Notes on Educational Soap Opera in South Africa
  2. pp. 155-175
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  1. 13. Literacy, Improvisation, and the Virtual Script in Yoruba Popular Theatre
  2. pp. 176-188
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  1. 14. “How They See It”: The Politics and Aesthetics of Nigerian Video Films
  2. pp. 189-197
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  1. 15. Modernity’s Trickster: “Dipping” and “Throwing” in Congolese Popular Dance Music
  2. pp. 198-218
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  1. 16. Theatres of Truth, Acts of Reconciliation: The TRC in South Africa
  2. pp. 219-226
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  1. 17. The Turner-Schechner Model of Performance as Social Drama: A Reexamination in Light of Anlo-Ewe Hal
  2. pp. 227-237
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  1. 18. Theatricality and Social Mimodrama
  2. pp. 238-247
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-268
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 269-271
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-274
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