10/4 – Week 4

This week we are talking about Decolonization. We’ll be looking at plays from Nigeria and Ireland specifically, but the breakdown of colonial systems was happening all over the world.

The next video gives some background on the processes of decolonization worldwide.

The next Crash Course video offers some more perspectives but also talks about some additional outcomes of the decolonization process.

Wole Soyinka and Nigerian Theatre

You may find the first six minutes or so of this video on Nigerian history helpful. (Optional)

Read Death and the King’s Horseman

Available at: https://archive.org/details/deathkingshorsem00wole

Alternative: https://go-gale-com.brooklyn.ezproxy.cuny.edu/ps/i.do?u=cuny_broo39667&p=GVRL&it=etoc&id=GALE%7C9781414435756&v=2.1&sw=w

There are some clips of a 40th-anniversary production in Lagos available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZXo3StCwMc

Just this past week an interview with Soyinka about his latest book appeared in The Guardian

You’ll respond on the next page to this play and Brian Friel’s Translations.