Modern African Drama: Critical and Theoretical Approaches (PDF)


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This book presents a contour of the literary theories and critical approaches in modern African drama. Theories are discussed against the backdrop of modern African drama and include Symbolism, Naturalism, Nativism, the quest for Indigenous Aesthetics, Oral Narratives, Narratology, Marxism, Cultural Materialism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Psycho-analytic criticism, New Historicism, Ecocriticism, Feminism, Postcolonialism and Intertextuality. The objective is to offer researchers and scholars of modern African drama a comprehensive approach of the discipline of African drama from theoretical perspective. Critical debates on the possibility of reading African drama with the lenses of contemporary literary theories have been controversial among critics of African literature. Some critics have been asserting that African drama should be theory-free in its intellectual and scholarly interpretation. Others opine that modern African drama should be analyzed within the mainstream of African literature alongside the novel and poetry. This book seeks to revert these views by pointing out the importance of theories in the interpretation and understanding of African drama.

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February 2019

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Dr Damlègue Lare is senior lecturer of African literature and civilization. He has been teaching African literature and civilization in the public Universities of Lome, Togo. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar of senior research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA) for the academic year 2016-2017. He is the author of two books: Diction and Postcolonial Vision in the Plays of Wole Soyinka (Galda 2016) and African Feminism, Gender and Sexuality (Galda 2017). His areas of research cover postcolonial literature, feminism and gender, modern African drama and theatre studies.