ALT 26 War in African Literature Today by Ernest N. Emenyonu

By Ernest N. Emenyonu

Because the moment 1/2 the 20th century, no unmarried phenomenon has marred the picture and improvement of Africa greater than mindless fratricidal wars which quickly the political independence of countries. This factor of African Literature this present day is dedicated to reviews of the way African writers, as old witnesses, have dealt with the game of battle as a cataclysmic phenomenon in a variety of destinations at the continent. The members discover the topic from quite a few views: panoramic, neighborhood, nationwide and during comparative stories. conflict has enriched modern African literature, yet at what fee to human lives, peace and the surroundings? ERNEST EMENYONU is Professor of the dep. of Africana experiences college of Michigan-Flint. The members contain: CHIMALUM NWANKWO, CHRISTINE MATZKE, CLEMENT A. OKAFOR, INIBONG I. UKO, OIKE MACHIKO, SOPHIE OGWUDE, MAURICE TAONEZVI VAMBE, ZOE NORRIDGE and ISIDORE DIALA. Nigeria: HEBN

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As meaning is indistinct, different interpretations are encouraged which will serve different interests. This violates one of the basic principles of social realism. […] It is for such views that symbolic drama should not be mounted too frequently. (A. Tesfai [1983]) These ideas, reminiscent of Bolshevik theatre criticism, illuminate why modes and forms in Eritrean fighter theatre have continued to be inclined towards farcical sketches, moral fables, campaign theatre and other straightforward realistic plays, often in hyperbolic exaltations of Eritrean strength and ethics.

It is Solomie who is the true heroine of the play, defying both old and new(ly imposed) authorities. That she looks for guidance to the liberation movement is the logical conclusion for a play set against, and emerging from a struggle for independence. Solomie (in the video) marks this change by replacing her childish braids with an unruly Afro in the course of the action. Ultimately, The Other War continues to be a piece of EPLF propaganda, but the most subtle I have been able to trace. It demonstrates the immense development of writing and performing drama in the field, also with 30 ‘Life in the Camp of the Enemy’ regard to the portrayal of women.

Theatre and Performance in Zimbabwe. Bayreuth: Eckhard Breitinger, 1999. Sachs, Albie. ‘Preparing Ourselves for Freedom’. In Ingrid de Kok and Karen Press (eds). Spring is Rebellious: Arguments about Cultural Freedom by Albie Sachs and Respondents. Cape Town: Buchu Books, 1990: 19–29. Tesfai, Alemseged. Literature, Its Development, and Its Role in Revolution. Mimeograph. Transl. Mussie Tesfagiorgis. : EPLF, 1982. —— Drama. Mimeograph. Transl. Tekeste Yonas. : EPLF, [1983]. —— Wedi Hadera (The Song of Hadera), 1983.

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