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Author Shipley, Jesse Weaver, author

Title Trickster theatre : the poetics of freedom in urban Africa / Jesse Weaver Shipley
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series African expressive cultures
African expressive cultures.
Contents Introduction: poetics of duality and uncertainty -- History and mediations in making theatre -- Making culture : race, history, and a theory of performance in the Gold Coast colony -- The national theatre movement : urban art infrastructures and a contested national culture in independence-era Accra -- Revolutionary storytelling : Pan-African theatre and remaking lost futures in 1980s Ghana -- A man of the people : Mohammed Ben Abdallah as artist-politician -- Stagings in millennial Ghana -- Total African theatre : language, reflexivity, and ambiguity in The witch of Mopti -- "The best tradition goes on" : audience, consumption, and the structural transformation of Concert Party popular theatre -- Fake pastors and real comedians : doubling and parody in miraculous, charismatic performance -- Copying independence : backstage at the fiftieth-anniversary re-enactment of Nkrumah's independence speech -- Epilogue: unfreedom as critical theory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Theater and society -- Ghana.
Theater -- Ghana -- History -- 20th century.
Tricksters in literature.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253016452
0253016592 (electronic bk)
9780253016591 (electronic bk)