Contemporary African & Caribbean Drama

African 413: Contemporary African & Caribbean Drama

Tejumola Olaniyan

Meets R 4:00-6:30 P.M.

André De Shields as Makak. Dream on Monkey Mountain. Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2003. Photo by Dennis Kleiman.

Elesin being richly clothed by the market women. Death and the King’s Horseman. Encarnita Figueroa Santiago, MSU, undated.

This course will introduce students to classics of contemporary african and caribbean literary drama written in english. We will organize our survey around such interesting thematic issues as the african encounter with europe, postcolonial disillusionment and the betrayal of ideals, and also stylistic matters as the relationship(s) between traditional drama and other performance forms, and modern drama written in european languages. Writers to be studied include wole soyinka, derek walcott, aime cesaire, ama ata aidoo, femi osofisan, sindiwe magona, mustapha matura, and the sistren theatre collective. Graduates & undergraduates.