Figures in a Dance

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  • Copyright: 2003-05-01
  • Publisher: Africa World Pr
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A comparative study of W.B. Yeats and Wole Soyinka,that makes a poignant contribution to the debated,correlation between the sensibility and the,environment of respective artists. Akporji argues,that these two artists from quite different,environments and time frames both adopt similar as,well as contrasting approaches to expressing their,reaction to their particularised national,experiences. Both employ theatrical conventions,traced back to ancient Greece, which suggests,that, despite their disparate origins, they still,draw from the same universal well.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iii
Foreword v
Chapter one: Introduction: The Artist and Zeitgeist 1(28)
Chapter two: Stimulus and Response: Yeats, Soyinka and the Idea of a Theater 29(40)
Chapter three: The Early Plays: The Quest for a Ritual Format 69(28)
Chapter four: Cuchulain and Ogun: The Dance of the Mythical Heroes 97(48)
Chapter five: Consciousness of War: Cyclical History and the Apocalyptic Vision 145(26)
Chapter six: The Dramaturgy of Dance 171(40)
Chapter seven: Figures in a Dance 211(8)
Endnotes 219(22)
References 241(22)
Index 263

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