Dynamics of Distancing in Nigerian Drama

A Functional Approach to Metatheatre
Product Number: EB00655144
Released: Jul 05, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9783838268422
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Description

Nadia Anwar analyzes selected post-independence Nigerian dramas using the conceptual framework of metatheatre, a theatrical strategy that foregrounds the process of play-making by breaking the dramatic illusion. She argues that distancing, as a function of metatheatre, creates a balanced theatrical experience and environment in terms of the emotive and cognitive levels of reception of a particular performance. Anwar's book is the first in-depth study to apply the concept of metatheatre to Nigerian drama. She brings the perspectives of Bertolt Brecht, Thomas J. Scheff, and other theoreticians of dramatic distancing to the analysis of plays by authors such as Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Femi Osofisan, Esiaba Irobi, and Stella 'Dia Oyedepo.

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Author(s): Nadia Anwar
Original Publish Date: Jul 05, 2016

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