Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

BOOK DISCUSSION: "Trickster Theater: The Poetics of Freedom in Urban Africa" (Indiana University Press)

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BOOK DISCUSSION: "Trickster Theater: The Poetics of Freedom in Urban Africa" (Indiana University Press)
A book discussion with author Jesse Weaver Shipley (Haverford College) and Ato Quayson (University of Toronto)
Date: 
April 25, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street. Between Broadway and Amsterdam
Please join us for a conversation between Jesse Weaver Shipley and Ato Quayson on Shipley's new book Trickster Theatre
 
Trickster Theatre offers an exciting new account of Ghana's National Theatre Movement that emerged in the context of the country's struggle for independence from British rule in 1957. Playwrights and performers built a theatrical style by adapting Akan language Ananse the Spider trickster tales for the modern stage. The elaboration of a shared cultural tradition tied Ghanaian identity to a rural origin, legitimating national sovereignty. However, there are consequences for a nation whose hero is Ananse, a trickster who is both the owner and teller of stories, as well as their protagonist; one who is notorious for intricate plotting and hustling. It examines the contradictions that emerge from the ideal Ghanaian citizen being a performer with both dangerous and transformative potential.
 
For more information on the book visit Indiana University Press