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Negotiating identities: Britishness and mapping of culture in Dipo Agboluaje’s The Christ of Coldharbour Lane

Negotiating identities: Britishness and mapping of culture in Dipo Agboluaje’s The Christ of Coldharbour Lane

Adeyemi, Sola (2013) Negotiating identities: Britishness and mapping of culture in Dipo Agboluaje’s The Christ of Coldharbour Lane. In: What is African Theatre and Performance? 2013 AfTA Annual International Conference, 11-14 July 2013, Goldsmiths, University of London & University of Derby, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The search for identity always involves a search for origins, a traipsing along the trail of narratives, but identity is not only a story, a narrative which we tell ourselves about ourselves, it is stories which change with historical circumstances and cultural differences. Oladipo Agboluaje uses his plays to investigate cultural differences in the personae of his characters in order to uncover a universal truth in the multiplicity of identities that populate the world of his drama. This paper peels away the various layers of codification, enculturation and expressions to engage the basic energies that inform the formation of Agboluaje’s characters, and assesses the effect of socio-cultural and political realities within the context of the universe created by, especially, The Christ of Coldhardbour Lane, where he maps a new inscription of Brixton almost devoid of obvious crime but still filled with criminality.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper presented as part of Panel 15: Theatre and Performances of the African Diasporas
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity, diaspora, Black British performance culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Creative Writing, Poetry and Performing Arts Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10267

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