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Ukaegbu, V. (2013) Introduction. In: Walby, A. (ed.) Oladipo Agboluaje: Plays One. London: Oberon Books. pp. 7-16.

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Abstract: Oladipo Agboluaje is one of the third generation of playwrights of dual African and British heritage whose dramaturgies differ from the writings of first and second generation writers of African and Asian descents whose subjects and dramatic styles were shaped and defined primarily by their experiences of colonialism. Second generation writers among whom are Caryl Churchill, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Buchi Emecheta, Mustapha Mutura, Edgar White, Caryl Phillips, and Hanif Kureshs, set upon a different course, that of retrieving and re-writing pre-colonial, colonial, migrant, and dislocation experiences using the linguistic and narrative tropes of erstwhile colonisers as well as the hybridized languages they produced. Their works conveyed a radical and ideological fervour that was both essential in the development of post-colonialism as a literary and later subsequently as a multidisciplinary, multi-reading framework for analysing the political, social, economic, and literary developments of postcolonial societies. Since his debut on stage in the UK in 2003 Oladipo Agboluaje has become one of the most prolific of the third generation of Black British playwrights referred to here. This introduction to his plays, no less so the five in this volume; Early Morning, The Estate, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane, The Hounding of David Oluwale, and Iya-lle (The First Wife) can be grouped under a distinct category of postcolonial, postmodern writings on Nigerian-British diaspora experiences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigerian-British, Black British, Diaspora, syncretic, intercultural
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR6100 2001-
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater > PN2181 Modern
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR621 Drama
Creators: Ukaegbu, Victor
Editors: Walby, Andrew
Publisher: Oberon Books
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Journalism, Media & Performance
Date: January 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 7-16
Title of Book: Oladipo Agboluaje: Plays One
Series Name: Oberon modern playwrights
Place of Publication: London
Number of Pages: 400
Language: English
ISBN: 9781849432399
Status: Published / Disseminated
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