Dynamics of Distancing in Nigerian Drama

A Functional Approach to Metatheatre
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Author(s): Nadia Anwar
Original Publish Date: Sep 27, 2016
Product Number: EB00655144
Released: Sep 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9783838268422
Publisher: Ibidem Press
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Description

Nadia Anwar analyzes select post-independence Nigerian dramas through the conceptual framework of metatheater, a strategy that breaks dramatic illusion to foreground the process of play making. Anwar argues that distancing, as a function of metatheater, fosters a balanced theatrical environment by allowing the emotive and cognitive aspects of reception to dominate the theatergoing experience. She draws on Bertolt Brecht, Thomas J. Scheff, and other theoreticians to critique plays by Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Femi Osofisan, Esiaba Irobi, and Stella 'Dia Oyedepo.

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