By Tejumola Olaniyan

This unique paintings redefines and broadens our realizing of the drama of the English-speaking African diaspora. taking a look heavily on the paintings of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, the writer contends that the refashioning of the collective cultural self in black drama originates from the complicated intersection of 3 discourses: Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and Post-Afrocentric.

From blackface minstrelsy to the Trinidad Carnival, from the Black Aesthetic to the South African Black recognition theatres and the scholarly debate at the (non)existence of African drama, Olaniyan cogently maps the terrains of a cultural fight and underscores a unusual scenario during which the inferiorization of black functionality kinds is typically a shorthand for subordinating black tradition and corporeality.

Drawing on insights from modern conception and cultural stories, and supplying special readings of the above writers, Olaniyan exhibits how they occupy the interface among the Afrocentric and a freeing Post-Afrocentric house the place black theatrical-cultural distinction will be estimated as a website of a number of articulations: race, type, gender, style, and language.

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