Honors | Theatre in Africa (HON)
H303 | 29910 | Femi Osofisan

This course is an introduction to the history and development of the
theatre in Africa south of the Sahara, from traditional festival and
ritual forms in shrines and open spaces, to the modern practice of
written texts and paying audiences in enclosed halls. Factors such as
colonization and its consequences—the disruptions in the religious,
social and economic life; alphabetism and the problem of language;
the collision with new aesthetic forms and mechanics; etc —plus the
post-Independence explosion in the growth of tertiary institutions as
well as of Euro-American cultural centres, and so on, will be
explored to give a comprehensive background to this cultural
phenomenon and establish the appropriate context in which it
flourishes. Finally the course will focus on the work of notable
individual dramatists, from the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, who has
been regarded as perhaps the single most significant influence, to
others who have established an international following, such as
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Athol Fugard, Efua Sutherland, Ola Rotimi, Ama
Ata Aidoo, Tess Onwueme, and Femi Osofisan.