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AMA ATA AIDOO’S ANOWA: PERFORMATIVE PRACTICE AND THE POSTCOLONIAL SUBJECT

by Lambert, Jade Maia

Abstract (Summary)
This critical analysis asserts that the play Anowa is a critique of the ideologies imposed upon the African postcolonial subject. Chapter one is a dramaturgical exploration of the position of oral literature in the perpetuation of the Akan cultural myth through exposure of specific gender discrepancies inherent within its form, and examination of its influence in the creation of modern Ghana whose social and political environment is the inspiration for Aidoo’s work. Chapter two, a literary analysis, positions Aidoo’s construction of Anowa as a performative critique that dismantles the myth of the Akan gendered identity supported through indigenous oral literature, and perpetuated in West African written works, which, in cooperation with colonial indoctrination, entraps the African subject (Anowa). Chapter Three offers a critical analysis of the themes, symbolism, and performative results manifested through the direction and design of the Miami University production of Anowa, which served as the writer’s directing thesis.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:aidoo ama ata west african theatre ghanaian ghana writers women performativity anowa oral literature absent potential ethnodramaturgy postcolonial subject direction directing sankofa af

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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