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Title: No place to hide : contemporary Scottish theatre and postcoloniality
Author: Folorunso, Babafemi
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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The thesis is an examination of the connection between politics, culture and the contemporary practice of theatre in Scotland. It looks at Scottish history in the context of the nation's incorporation into the British Union and results in dramatic texts and performances. The reason for this is because Scotland presents an unusual picture of a postcolonial cultural space. The study uses the combination of postcolonial, cultural and performance theories to investigate this connection. Chapter One is devoted to the cultural sociology of Scotland. It examines the political and social contexts of the national culture, its components and how the interaction between politics and culture occurs. The chapter concludes by pointing out that this interaction frames the postcolonial framework of the country. Chapter Two examines how the remaking of cultural identity in Scotland is carried out within the postcolonial framework, and how this is reflected in the spheres of representation. The chapter proposes two models of identity conceptualisation; addresses the centrality of language and the roles it plays in the cultural remaking of the subjective national-self. The chapter also examines the nature and character of theatrical practice in Scotland, and concludes that while its activities occur within a postcolonial framework, Scottish theatre fits into the paradigm of a national-popular theatre. This chapter uses dramatic and performance theories of define popular theatre, its conceptual boundaries and functions. Chapter Three analyses four play texts, which are deemed to portray some aspects of the contingent origin of Scotland's postcolonial identity. These are plays modelled on history. The chapter later addresses the issue of genre, which is raised implicitly by the analysed plays. It concludes that in the wake of the performance of postcolonial subjectivity, postcolonial theatre usually breaks the genre barrier.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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