Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American, and Caribbean Drama / Edition 1

Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American, and Caribbean Drama / Edition 1

by Tejumola Olaniyan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195094069

ISBN-13: 9780195094060

Pub. Date: 04/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This original work redefines and broadens our understanding of the drama of the English-speaking African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, the author contends that the refashioning of the collective cultural self in black drama originates from the complex intersection of

Overview

This original work redefines and broadens our understanding of the drama of the English-speaking African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, the author contends that the refashioning of the collective cultural self in black drama originates from the complex intersection of three discourses: Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and Post-Afrocentric.

From blackface minstrelsy to the Trinidad Carnival, from the Black Aesthetic to the South African Black Consciousness theatres and the scholarly debate on the (non)existence of African drama, Olaniyan cogently maps the terrains of a cultural struggle and underscores a peculiar situation in which the inferiorization of black performance forms is most often a shorthand for subordinating black culture and corporeality.

Drawing on insights from contemporary theory and cultural studies, and offering detailed readings of the above writers, Olaniyan shows how they occupy the interface between the Afrocentric and a liberating Post-Afrocentric space where black theatrical-cultural difference could be envisioned as a site of multiple articulations: race, class, gender, genre, and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195094060
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
IContingent "Origins"
1.Agones: The Constitution of a Practice11
A Colonialist Discourse12
A Counterhegemonic Discourse18
A Post-Afrocentric Discourse26
2.Difference, Differently29
The Expressive and the Performative30
Cultural Identity as Articulation35
Genre37
Language38
IIInventing Cultural Identities
3.Wole Soyinka: "Race Retrieval" and Cultural Self-Apprehension43
Assimilative Wisdom and Period Dialectics45
History as Mythopoeic Resource49
The Cultural, the Political58
4.LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka: The Motion of History67
The Violence of Naming67
The Protean Essence69
5.Derek Walcott: Islands of History at a Rendezvous with a Muse93
History as Culture: The Romance of Adam97
Toward Inflammatory Dreams (for the New World Black)104
Author as Text and Character109
Coherent Deformation and Its Context111
6.Ntozake Shange: The Vengeance of Difference, or The Gender of Black Cultural Identity116
Combat Breathing120
"A Layin on of Hands"128
7.Subjectivities and Institutions139
Notes143
Bibliography171
Index191

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