Dynamics of Distancing in Nigerian Drama

A Functional Approach to Metatheatre

Dynamics of Distancing in Nigerian Drama
A Functional Approach to Metatheatre
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Nadia Anwar presents a compelling reading framework for the study and analysis of selected post-independence Nigerian dramas, using the conceptual parameters of metatheatre, a theatrical strategy which foregrounds the process of play-making by breaking the dramatic illusion. She argues that distancing, as a function of metatheatre, creates a balanced theatrical experience and environment in terms of the emotive and cognitive levels of reception of a particular performance. Anwar's book is the first in-depth study of the concept of metatheatre with reference to Nigerian drama including Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman (1975) and King Baabu (2002), Ola Rotimi's Kurunmi (1971) and Hopes of the Living Dead (1988), Femi Osofisan's The Chattering and the Song (1977) and Women of Owu (2006), Esiaba Irobi's Hangmen Also Die (1989), and Stella 'Dia Oyedepo's A Play That Was Never to Be (1998). The perspectives of Bertolt Brecht (1936), Thomas J. Scheff (1963), and other theoreticians of dramatic distancing and metatheatre are used in the analyses and, where required, challenged through appropriate contextual and theoretical adjustments. The book is the first attempt to illustrate how Brechtian approach to the display and generation of emotions can be revised through Scheff's model of emotional balance.

About the author

Nadia Anwar completed her doctoral studies in Nigerian Drama from the University of Northampton and currently works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore. Her primary interests include postcolonial and postmodern literatures in general and African drama and theatre in particular.

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A hugely profound contribution to Nigerian, indeed African, theatre scholarship. A clear strength of this book is the variety of Nigerian plays used as case studies, as well as Anwar's methodical examination of an area of study that is acutely underrepresented in African theatre scholarship.

… a significant and much valued contribution to African theatre and performance scholarship … a must read for anyone interested in Nigerian drama ….

Dr Sam Kasule

Professor of Post-Colonial Theatre and Performance

College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences,

University of Derby



Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Nadia Anwar
Herausgeber/-in Janet Wilson, Chris Ringrose
Anzahl der Seiten 272
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2016
Gewicht (kg) 0.3800
ISBN-13 9783838208428