Death & King's Horseman 2E Pa

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2002-04-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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"This Norton Critical Edition of Death and the King's Horseman is the only student edition available in the United States. Based on events that took place in 1946 in the ancient Yoruban city of Oyo, Soyinka's acclaimed and powerful play addresses classic issues of cultural conflict, tragic decision-making, and the psychological mindsets of individuals and groups. The text of the play is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory annotations for the many allusions to traditional Nigerian myth and culture." "Included are a map of Yorubaland, discussions of Yoruban religious beliefs and cultural traditions. Soyinka on the various forms that theater has taken in African culture in order to survive, and Anthony Appiah on Soyinka's struggle with the problem of African identity in the creation of Death and the King's Horseman. Commentary on the play as both a theatrical production and a classroom text is provided."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

The Text of Death and the King's Horsemanp. 1
Map of Yorubalandp. 66
The Yoruba Worldp. 67
Oba Waja (The King Is Dead)p. 74
Theatre in African Traditional Cultures: Survival Patternsp. 89
Wole Soyinka and the Myth of an African Worldp. 103
Soyinka's New Playp. 113
Death and the King's Horseman in the Classroomp. 115
Wole Soyinka's 'Death and the King's Horseman,' Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchesterp. 121
Mediation in Soyinka: The Case of the King's Horsemanp. 141
Death and the King's Horsemanp. 151
Being, the Will, and the Semantics of Deathp. 155
Ideology and Tragedyp. 164
Elesin Oba and the Criticsp. 172
Ritual Closure in Death and the King's Horsemanp. 177
Ritual and the Political Unconscious: The Case of Death and the King's Horsemanp. 187
Death and the King's Horseman and the Masks of Languagep. 196
Tragedy, Mimicry, and "The African World"p. 207
Wole Soyinka: A Chronologyp. 223
Selected Bibliographyp. 227
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