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Feminism In The Nigerian Theatre: A Dialogic Assessment Ofola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again And ’Tess Onwueme’s The Reign Of Wazobia

ABSTRACT

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The role of the theatre as a mirror to the society has long been settled. How factual does the theatre reflect the role of women is part of a new and exciting debate in the theatre today. This thesis answers the question of what exactly is feminism in the theatre, using the signpost of dialogism as an overlapping literary framework to understand feminist representation, characteristic of feminist theatre, issues confronting feminist theatre and the implication for the future of the Nigerian theatre.

The thesis use textual analysis as a methodology to pay specific attention to the feminism in the selected works; Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again by Ola Rotimi and The Reign of Wazobia by ’Tess Onwueme as a reflection of the issues of women representation in the Nigerian theatre. The findings of this work further emboldens the argument that women are represented in the theatre from the standpoint of the larger social realities obtained in the society.

Feminism In The Nigerian Theatre: A Dialogic Assessment Ofola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again And ’Tess Onwueme’s The Reign Of Wazobia

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abstract

CHAPTER ONE

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1.1       Introduction

1.2       Background of the study

1.3       Statement of the problem

1.4       Research questions

1.5       Objective of the study

1.6       Research hypotheses

1.7       Scope of the study

1.8       Significance for the study

1.9       Research methodology

Feminism In The Nigerian Theatre: A Dialogic Assessment Ofola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again And ’Tess Onwueme’s The Reign Of Wazobia

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW

2.1.1 Literature review

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2.1.2 Background to feminism

2.1.3 The Female Nature in classical Philosophy

2.1.4 Women in ancient Greece

2.2.0 Sexism in Religion

2.2.1 Women in Neo-Classical Times

2.2.2 Women in the Renaissance

2.2.3 Women in Enlightenment

2.3.0 Modern Theories on the Evolution of Male Dominance

2.3.1 Early European Feminist and Fighting Sexism

2.3.2 Feminism: a Search for Women’s Humanity

2.4.0Types of Feminism

2.4.1Modern Feminism

2.4.2 Socialist Feminism

2.4.3 Marxist Feminism

2.4.4 Radical Feminism

2.4.5 Post Feminism

2.5.0 Theoretical Framework

2.5.1 Dialogism

2.5.2 Psychoanalysis

2.5.3 Feminist literary theory

2.6.0 Operationalization of key concepts

Feminism In The Nigerian Theatre: A Dialogic Assessment Ofola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again And ’Tess Onwueme’s The Reign Of Wazobia

CHAPTER THREE

3.1.0 Introduction to Nigerian Theatre

3.1.1 Pre Colonial Theatre

3.1.2 Nigerian Theatre during Colonialism

3.1.3 Popular Theatre

3.1.4 Yoruba Traveling Theatre

3.1.5 Nigeria Literary Theatre

3.1.6 Arts Theatre Ibadan and the Ibadan drama groups

3.2.1 First Generation of Nigerian Literary Dramatists

3.2.2 The Second Generation of Nigerian Literary Dramatist

3.2.3 Third Generation Playwrights

3.3.1 Feminist Theatre

3.3.2 Features of Feminist Theatre

3.3.3 Nigeria Feminist Theatre

Feminism In The Nigerian Theatre: A Dialogic Assessment Ofola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again And ’Tess Onwueme’s The Reign Of Wazobia

CHAPTER FOUR TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

4.0.1 Wazobia as the Feminist Leader

4.0.2 Power-Gender Dichotomy

4.0.3 Feminism, Patriarchy and Change

4.0.4 Feminist Democracy versus Autocracy?

4.1.1 Man Talk, Woman Listen

4.1.2 Major Lejoka-Brown and the Hypocrisy of Orderliness

4.1.3 The Feminism of Liza Lejoka-Brown

4.1.4 Epitaph to Social Struggle

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS

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5.1 Summary

5.2 Policy Implications/Recommendations

5.3 Conclusion

Work cited

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