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Title:The analysis of an African play
Author:Ottenberg, Simon
Periodical:Research Review
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:folk drama
Abstract:A study of a traditional Ibo play, not in terms of the social setting in which it is produced, but in terms of aesthetics. By aesthetics the author means the presence of artistic forms and values in a society which can be studied and analyzed in terms of a people's own conception of them. Aesthetic elements of the play (okumkpa) are: the different types of humour (foolish persons - ridicule of the elders) and the actual pattern of the play (the play is clearly organized in stages). An understanding of traditional aesthetics is very much tied to the development of modern African art forms. Ref.