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The history of a community, a nation, and mankind, as it appears in other Soyinka plays, is also discussed. Throughout the work, the study of Soyinka's drama is balanced with an analysis of dramatic structure and stagecraft.

Author: Ketu H. Katrak

Publisher: New York : Greenwood Press

ISBN: 0313240744

Category: Drama

Page: 192

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The tragic drama of Nigeria's leading playwright, Wole Soyinka, is the focus of this in-depth study. Ketu H. Katrak explores Soyinka's concept of the tragic experience as it relates to Yoruba culture and analyzes the unique features of his theory of tragedy which blends Yoruba traditional drama with Western tragic forms. Opening with a biographical overview of Soyinka's life and career, Katrak addresses the major issues presented by Soyinka in his essay on tragedy, "The Fourth Stage." These include the origin of tragic feeling, the components of the tragic experience, and the concretization of these abstract notions in the Yoruba god Ogun. The author demonstrates that it is through these themes and the elements of ritual and myth that Soyinka imparts communal values to his work, ultimately achieving a metaphysical level of expression. Katrak also discusses the element of the death of the protagonist in a number of Soyinka's plays and how it is beneficial for the community. The history of a community, a nation, and mankind, as it appears in other Soyinka plays, is also discussed. Throughout the work, the study of Soyinka's drama is balanced with an analysis of dramatic structure and stagecraft. Included are interviews and discussions with many of Nigeria's academicians, as well as with Soyinka himself.
1986 By Ketu H. Katrak

Wole Soyinka, James Gibbs, James Morel Gibbs. ' the dispassionate inquiry into man's secular condition , as it is the proper undertaking of the tragedian , must also be a true religious function ' . In Modern Tragedy Raymond Williams ...

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers

ISBN: 0914478494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Distinguished scholars analyze the plays, poetry, and prose of Wole Smoyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Essays trace his career and place his work in the general context of African literature.
1980 By Wole Soyinka

Africa: Wole. Soyinka,. Athol. Fugard,. and. Christina. Ama. Ata. Aidoo. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ... 6 K. Katrak, Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy: A Study of Dramatic Theory and Practice (New York: Greenwood, 1986), 99.

Author: David Krasner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405157582

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 604

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A History of Modern Drama: Volume II explores a remarkable breadth of topics and analytical approaches to the dramatic works, authors, and transitional events and movements that shaped world drama from 1960 through to the dawn of the new millennium. Features detailed analyses of plays and playwrights, examining the influence of a wide range of writers, from mainstream icons such as Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, to more unorthodox works by Peter Weiss and Sarah Kane Provides global coverage of both English and non-English dramas – including works from Africa and Asia to the Middle East Considers the influence of art, music, literature, architecture, society, politics, culture, and philosophy on the formation of postmodern dramatic literature Combines wide-ranging topics with original theories, international perspective, and philosophical and cultural context Completes a comprehensive two-part work examining modern world drama, and alongside A History of Modern Drama: Volume I, offers readers complete coverage of a full century in the evolution of global dramatic literature.
2016-04-18 By David Krasner

London : Methuen Drama , 2001 . Katrak , Ketu H. Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy: A Study of Dramatic Theory and Practice . Westport, CT : Greenwood , 1986 . Kaufman , Moisés . The Laramie Project . New York : Vintage Books , 2001 .

Author: Jennifer Wallace

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350155107

Category: History

Page: 232

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In this book leading scholars come together to provide a comprehensive, wide-ranging overview of tragedy in theatre and other media from 1920 to the present. The 20th century is often considered to have witnessed the death of tragedy as a theatrical genre, but it was marked by many tragic events and historical catastrophes, from two world wars and genocide to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the anticipation and onset of climate change. The authors in this volume wrestle with this paradox and consider the degree to which the definitions, forms and media of tragedy were transformed in the modern period and how far the tragic tradition-updated in performance-still spoke to 20th- and 21st-century challenges. While theater remains the primary focus of investigation in this strikingly illustrated book, the essays also cover tragic representation-often re-mediated, fragmented and provocatively questioned-in film, art and installation, photography, fiction and creative non-fiction, documentary reporting, political theory and activism. Since 24/7 news cycles travel fast and modern crises cross borders and are reported across the globe more swiftly than in previous centuries, this volume includes intercultural encounters, various forms of hybridity, and postcolonial tragic representations. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus: forms and media; sites of performance and circulation; communities of production and consumption; philosophy and social theory; religion, ritual and myth; politics of city and nation; society and family, and gender and sexuality.
2021-05-20 By Jennifer Wallace

Modern British Dramatists (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice Hall, 1984) pp. 126–49. Ketu H. Katrak, Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy (Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1986). Bonnie Morranco (ed.), American Dreams: The Imagination of Sam ...

Author: John Orr

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349198290

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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A study that examines the relationship between tragic drama of the late 19th and 20th centuries and present-day society. The author's theories are presented with excerpts from relevant plays, such as "Look Back in Anger", "The Glass Menagerie", "The Iceman Cometh" and "Hedda Gabler".
1989-03-16 By John Orr

Essays on Athenian Drama Victoria Pedrick, Steven M. Oberhelman ... Msiska (1998, 64) claims, however, that in Soyinka “strong and inspirational leadership . . . is engendered by a sensitivity to a ... Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy.

Author: Victoria Pedrick

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226653068

Category: Drama

Page: 332

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'The Soul of Tragedy' brings together scholars to offer perspectives on the Greek tragedy. The collection pays homage to this genre by offering an exploration into the oldest form of dramatic expression.

Perspectives on Wole Soyinka: Freedom and Complexity (Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2001). Jones, Eldred Durosimi. The Writing of Wole Soyinka (London: James Currey/ Heinemann, 1973). Ketrak, Ketu H. Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy ...

Author: Mpalive-Hangson Msiska

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042022584

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Soyinka's representation of postcolonial African identity is re-examined in the light of his major plays, novels and poetry to show how this writer's idiom of cultural authenticity both embraces hybridity and defines itself as specific and particular. For Soyinka, such authenticity involves recovering tradition and inserting it in postcolonial modernity to facilitate transformative moral and political justice. The past can be both our enabling future and our nemesis. In a distinctive approach grounded in cultural studies, Postcolonial Identity in Wole Soyinka locates the artist's intellectual and political concerns within the broader field of postcolonial cultural theory, arguing that, although ostensibly distant from mainstream theory, Soyinka focuses on fundamental questions concerning international culture and political identity formations - the relationship between myth and history / tradition and modernity, and the unresolved tension between power as a force for good or evil. Soyinka's treatment of the relationship between individual selfhood and the various framing social and collective identities, so the book argues, is yet another aspect linking his work to the broader intellectual currents of today. Thus, Soyinka's vision is seen as central to contemporary efforts to grasp the nature of modernity. His works conceptualize identity in ways that promote and modify national perceptions of 'Africanness', rescuing them from the colonial and neocolonial logic of cultural denigration in a manner that fully acknowledges the cosmopolitan and global contexts of African postcolonial formation. Overall, what emerges from the present study is the conviction that, in Soyinka's work, it is the capacity to assume personal and collective agency and the particular choices made by particular subjects at given historical moments that determine the trajectory of change and ultimately the nature of postcolonial existence itself. Postcolonial Identity in Wole Soyinka is a major and imaginative contribution to the study of Wole Soyinka, African literature, and postcolonial cultural theory and one in which writing and creativity stand in fruitful symbiosis with the critical sense. It should appeal to Soyinka scholars, to students of African literature, and to anyone interested in postcolonial and cultural theory.

... of Yoruha Myths and Religious 1deas to the Writing of Wole Soyinka , University of Stockholm : 1983 , and Ketu Katrak , Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy : A Study of Dramatic Theory and Practice , Westport , Connecticut , 1986 . 3.


Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617032530

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 274

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Essays that examine the aesthetics and the radical politics of one of Africa's greatest writers

Sola Adeyemi teaches drama, with special focus on African performance and contemporary British theatre, at the University of Greenwich, London. Bisi Adigun received his PhD from Trinity College, Dublin in 2012. He is a playwright, ...

Author: Martin Banham

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781847010988

Category: Drama

Page: 146

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Directors and collaborators assess and comment on the production of plays by West Africa's Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and East Africa's most influential author Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
2014 By Martin Banham

An Anthology of Classical Criticism to Contemporary Theory Marcus Nevitt, Tanya Pollard. Gender. ... Katrak, Ketu H. Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy: A Study of Dramatic Theory and Practice. Oxford: Greenwood, 1986. Kaufmann, Walter.

Author: Marcus Nevitt

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474270441

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

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This unique anthology presents the important historical essays on tragedy, ranging from antiquity to the present, divided into historical periods and arranged chronologically. Across its span, it traces the development of theories and philosophies of tragedy, enabling readers to consider the ways in which different varieties of environmentalist, feminist, leftist and postcolonial thought have transformed the status of tragedy, and the idea of the tragic, for recent generations of artists, critics and thinkers. Students of literature and theatre will find this collection an invaluable and accessible guide to writing from Plato and Aristotle through to Freud, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and 21st century theorists. Ideas of tragedy and the tragic have been central to the understanding of culture for the past two millennia. Writers and thinkers from Plato through to Martha Nussbaum have analyzed the genre of tragedy to probe the most fundamental of questions about ethics, pleasure and responsibility in the world. Does tragedy demand that we enjoy witnessing the pain of others? Does it suggest that suffering is inevitable? Is human sexuality tragic? Is tragedy even possible in a world of rolling news on a digitally connected planet, where atrocity and trauma from around the globe are matters of daily information? In order to illustrate the different ways that writers have approached the answers to such questions, this Reader collects together a comprehensive selection of canonical writings on tragedy from antiquity to the present day arranged in six sections, each featuring an introduction providing concise and informed historical and theoretical frameworks for the texts.
2019-02-07 By Marcus Nevitt