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Trickster Theatre: The Poetics of Freedom in Urban Africa: Book by Jesse Weaver Shipley

Trickster Theatre: The Poetics of Freedom in Urban Africa

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ISBN: 9780253016539    Publisher: Indiana University Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback / softback No of Pages: 320 pp        
Trickster Theatre traces the changing social significance of national theatre from its rise as an idealistic state project during independence through the revolutionary 1980s to its electronic adaptations...Read more
Trickster Theatre traces the changing social significance of national theatre from its rise as an idealistic state project during independence through the revolutionary 1980s to its electronic adaptations in the neoliberal era. Jesse Weaver Shipley presents portraits of many key figures in Ghanaian theatre, describes theatre events and their political and social impact, and looks into the cultural conditions in which the Ghanaian theatre evolved. Tracing how performers, directors, culture workers, and playwrights developed theatre as a new form of critical public knowledge, Shipley shows how Ananse trickster storytelling traditions were repurposed in new contexts as expressions of national identity.
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About the author: Jesse Weaver Shipley
Jesse Weaver Shipley is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College. He is author of Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian... Read more
Jesse Weaver Shipley is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College. He is author of Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music and has produced a documentary film with the same title.
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Review:
A rich primary source for urban anthropology in early 21st-century Accra. Effectively shows that theater arts and the National Theatre in particular have been central to Ghana's cultural and...Read more
A rich primary source for urban anthropology in early 21st-century Accra. Effectively shows that theater arts and the National Theatre in particular have been central to Ghana's cultural and political history." Benjamin Talton, author of Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality
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