African Traditional Drama and Issues in Theater and Performance Criticism


In this article, I propose to examine traditional African drama in the light of a number of issues in theater and performance criticism. Although I will be making references to a variety of this drama's discrete forms of expression, the discussion will center mainly upon a few paradigm cases. The first part of the paper will be devoted to the idea of traditional African drama as a species of social performance, and the remainder of it to the notion of that drama as a more specifically aesthetic activity, one that is related to but distinct from other performative genres in traditional Africa.

Comparative Drama is carried by JSTOR and Project MUSE.