Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African…

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byTejumola Olaniyan

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This original work redefines and broadens our understanding of the drama of the English-speaking African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, the author contends that the refashioning of the collectivecultural self in black drama originates from the complex intersection of three discourses: Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and Post-Afrocentric. From blackface minstrelsy to the Trinidad Carnival, from the Black Aesthetic to the South African Black Consciousness theatres and the scholarly debate on the (non)existence of African drama, Olaniyan cogently maps the terrains of a cultural struggle and underscores a peculiar situation in whichthe inferiorization of black performance forms is most often a shorthand for subordinating black culture and corporeality. Drawing on insights from contemporary theory and cultural studies, and offering detailed readings of the above writers, Olaniyan shows how they occupy the interface between the Afrocentric and a liberating Post-Afrocentric space where black theatrical-cultural difference could be envisioned as asite of multiple articulations: race, class, gender, genre, and language.

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Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance transforms the way we understand the English-language drama of the African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, Tejumola Olaniyan shows how these writers negotiate between an Afrocentric and a liberating Post-...

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This original work redefines and broadens our understanding of the drama of the English-speaking African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, the author contends that the refashioning of the collectivecultural self in black drama originates from ...

Tejumola Olaniyan is at University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.17 × 6.1 × 0.51 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance transforms the way we understand the English-language drama of the African diaspora. Looking closely at the work of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, Tejumola Olaniyan shows how these writers negotiate between an Afrocentric and a liberating Post-Afrocentric space.

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"The publication of this book marks the emergence of a major new intellect in the field of post-colonial studies."--Abiola Irele, The Ohio State University, and Editor, Research in African Literatures.