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Reading List - Theatre in the African Context - 2014-15

Primary Texts (advise you to buy these)

Jeyifo, Biodun (ed.) Modern African Drama (New York & London: Norton & Co., 2002)

Banham & Plastow (eds.) Contemporary African Plays (London: Methuen, 1999)

Key critical reference work

Banham, M. A History of Theatre in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Ogunbiyi, Y. Drama and Theatre in Nigeria: A critical source book. (Lagos: Nigeria Magazine, 1981)

Secondary readings

Aidoo, Ama Ata (interview) in Cosmo Pieterse, African Writers Talking (New York: Africana Publishing, 1972).

Appiah, A. In my Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture. (New York/ Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)

Ashcroft, B. Griffiths, G. Tiffin, H. (eds) The Empire writes back: Theory and practice in post-colonial literatures. (London: Routledge, 1989)

Banham, M. & Wake, C. African Theatre Today (London: Pitman Publishing, 1976)

Banham, Martin, Gibbs, James, Osofisan, Femi. African Theatre: Playwrights & Politics. (Oxford: James Currey, 1999)

Barber, K. Collins, J. Ricard, A. West African Popular Theatre. (Oxford: James Currey, 1997)

Boon, R. & Plastow, J. Theatre Matters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Breitinger, E. (ed.) Theatre and Performance in Africa. (Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies 31, 1998)

Connell, R.W. Hegemonic Masculinity - Rethinking the Concept. Gender & Society, (Dec. 2005), 19:6, 829-859.

Connell, R.W. Masculinities (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1995)

Conteh-Morgan, J. Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa (Cambridge: CUP, 1994)

Conteh-Morgan, John & Olaniyan, Tejumola, African Drama and Performance (Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana Uni Press, 2004)

Dunton, C. Make Man Talk True: Nigerian drama in English since 1970. (London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1992)

Elder, Arlene. ‘Ama Ata Aidoo and the Oral Tradition: A paradox of form and substance’, in African Literature Today. Vol. 15, (ed.) E.D. Jones (London: Hans Zell, 1987)

Etherton, M. The Development of African Drama. (New York: Africana, 1982)

Fanon, F. Black Skin, White Masks. (Trans.) C.L. Markmann (London: Pluto Press, 1986)

Fanon, F. The Wretched of the Earth. Preface by JP Sartre. New York: Grove Press, 1963)

Galle, E. Wole Soyinka and ritual drama. Commonwealth, 7:1 (1984), 20-28.

Gibbs, J. Wole Soyinka. (Houndmills: Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1986)

Gunner, L. (ed.) Politics and performance: Theatre, Poetry and Song. (Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 1994)

Jeyifo, B. ‘Tragedy, History and Ideology: Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman and Ebrahim Hussein’s Kinjeketile’, in Marxism and African Literature. G.M. Gugelberger (ed.), 94-109. London: James Currey Ltd., 1985)

Kanneh, Kadiatu. African Identities (London & NY: Routledge, 1998)

Kerr, D. African Popular Theatre (Cape Town: David Phillip, 1995)

Lindfors, B. (ed) Critical Perspectives on Nigerian Literatures (Washington D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1980)

Matzke, Christine. ‘Trying to find the stepping-stones: Writing Tigre and Bilen dancing in Eritrea’, in Hutchison, Y. & Breitinger, E. History and Theatre in Africa. Bayreuth African Studies 50, 1999) 73-101.

Mda, Zakes, When People Play People: Development Communication Through Theatre. (London: Zed Books)

Morell, Robert (ed.), Changing Men in Southern Africa (Global Masculinities) (Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press; London & New York: Zed Books, 2001)

Mudimbe, V.Y. The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge. (London: James Currey, 1988)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Decolonising the Mind. London: James Currey, 1986)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Moving the Centre. (London: James Currey, 1993)

Olaniyan, T. Scars of Conquest/ Masks of Resistance - the Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American, and Carribean drama. (NY/Oxford: OUP, 1995)

Owomoyela, O. (ed.) A History of Twentieth Century African Literatures. Lincoln & London: University of Nebraska Press, 1993)

Plastow, Jane. African Theatre and Politics: the Evolution of theatre in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. (Rodopi, 1996)

Richards, S.L. Ancient Songs Set Ablaze: The Theatre of Femi Osofisan (Washington D.C.: Howard University Press, 1996)

Schipper, M. Theatre and Society in Africa. (Johannesburg: Ravan, 1982)

Soyinka, W. Myth, literature and the African World. (London/ New York: Cambridge Uni Press, 1976)

Tamale, Sylvia, (ed.) African Sexualities – A Reader (Cape Town, Dakar, Nairoi, Oxford: Pambazuka Press, 2011)


Research in African Literatures

African Theatre Series, since 1999.

South African Theatre Journal