EJOTMAS: Ekpoma Journal of Theatre and Media Arts

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Twenty-first century relevance of Soyinka’s A dance of the forests: a postmodern conceptualization

Kingsley I. Ehiemua


This article embarks on a re-reading of Wole Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests in order to determine the relevance of the play to the twenty-first century Nigerian cum African society. The re-reading is cast in a postmodern conceptualization because it attempts a deconstructive reading procedure, which reassesses and subverts earlier significations imputed to the text by previous readers, the author and characters in the text itself. It affirms that, to the 21st century reader, the play is a paradox of dramatic representation which integrates antinomies that are antithetical to progress with a shallow but conceivable salutary vision to the twenty-first century African society.

Keywords: Twenty-first century African society, A Dance of the Forests, Antinomies, Post-modernity

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