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Colonial Alienation and the Ideology of Resistance: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni (An African Antigone)

Colonial Alienation and the Ideology of Resistance: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni (An African Antigone)

Adeyemi, Sola (2013) Colonial Alienation and the Ideology of Resistance: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni (An African Antigone). African Performance Review, 7 (2). pp. 18-34. ISSN 1750-4848

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Abstract

Critics have described the Nigerian dramatist Femi Osofisan as ‘revolutionary’, ‘Marxist’, ‘socialist’, leftist’ and other terms that suggest non-conformism amongst traditionally conservative Yoruba writers (Amuta, 1989; Awodiya, 1993). The playwright, however, rejects these terminologies and argues that such terms ‘breed specific attitudes’ that prejudice peoples’ reception of a writer. As such, in spite of his outwardly socialist lifestyle, Osofisan refuses to identify with any ideology, particularly in Nigeria, where his drama is most popular. In spite of his reluctance to associate with any ideology, Osofisan’s drama articulates the historical and cultural processes in the society from a class perspective. This article uses one of his plays to propose the ideology of post negritudism and resistance that underpins his dramaturgy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Femi Osofisan, Postcolonial drama, Literature, Antigone, Tegonni, Sola Adeyemi, Resistance, Ideology, Class perspective
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
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Last Modified: 09 May 2016 11:19
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14598

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