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

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

by Tejumola Olaniyan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195094050

ISBN-13: 9780195094053

Pub. Date: 06/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance transforms the way we understand the English-language drama of the African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, Tejumola Olaniyan shows how these writers negotiate between an Afrocentric and a liberating Post-Afrocentric space.

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Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance transforms the way we understand the English-language drama of the African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, Tejumola Olaniyan shows how these writers negotiate between an Afrocentric and a liberating Post-Afrocentric space.

From blackface minstrelsy to the Trinidad Carnival, from the Black Arts Aesthetic to the South African Black Consciousness theaters, Olaniyan cogently maps the terrains of a cultural struggle, and shows how dismissive attitudes towards Black performance forms often serve as shorthand for subordinating Black culture and corporeality. Olaniyan's analysis of Post-Afrocentric discourse will interest scholars and student in a number of disciplines: African and African American culture, theater and culture, and postcolonial studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195094053
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

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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