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British and African Literature in Transnational
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Simon Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036021

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036021.001.0001

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Sacrifice, Ritual, and Canonical Violence in the British/African Drama of T. S. Eliot, Caryl Churchill, and Wole Soyinka

Sacrifice, Ritual, and Canonical Violence in the British/African Drama of T. S. Eliot, Caryl Churchill, and Wole Soyinka

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(p.109) 5 Sacrifice, Ritual, and Canonical Violence in the British/African Drama of T. S. Eliot, Caryl Churchill, and Wole Soyinka
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British and African Literature in Transnational Context
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Simon Lewis

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036021.003.0006

This chapter tries to portray that the British drama's canon illustrates the stubborn “otherness” of Africa, permitting the repetition of stereotypical, historically incurious representations of Africa by British dramatists—whether conservative or progressive—while still holding Anglophone African writers at arm's length. The chapter scrutinizes three plays: The Cocktail Party by T. S. Eliot, Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka, and Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill. All these novels re-create a moment in colonial history as per the author's modern point of view.

Keywords:   British drama, Africa, British novelists, The Cocktail Party, T. S. Eliot, Death and the King's Horseman, Wole Soyinka, Cloud Nine, Caryl Churchill

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