Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Crossroads in the Black AegeanOedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217182.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 31 October 2020

History Sisters: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni: An African Antigone

History Sisters: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni: An African Antigone

Chapter:
(p.321) 7 History Sisters: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni: An African Antigone
Source:
Crossroads in the Black Aegean
Author(s):

Barbara Goff (Contributor Webpage)

Michael Simpson (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217182.003.0008

Femi Osofisan's Tegonni: an African Antigone moves beyond a concern with the political and cultural effects of colonialism. Instead, the play deconstructs colonial and other types of authority, including paternal power and the domination of the male, in the service of resistance to neo-colonialism. In place of traditional authorities it foregrounds relationships of spontaneous affection, female agency, and a comic dimension. The self-conscious metatheatricality of the drama serves the same project; Tegonni doubles its heroine between a mythical Greek Antigone and a nineteenth-century Yoruba princess, and thus can address, like Odale's Choice, the issue of a sacrifice that is efficacious but must be repeated. The authority of the Greek Antigone comes to symbolize the tragic inevitability of Africa's damaged history, but is countered both by the comedy in the play, represented most forcefully by the soldiers, and by the tradition of Antigones set in Africa.

Keywords:   Femi Osofisan, Tegonni, neo-colonialism, metatheatrical, comedy, paternal power, male domination, authority, resistance, female agency

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .