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Title:The Mytho-Historical Base of the Drama of Jean Giraudoux and Femi Osofisan: Electre and Morountodun
Author:Austen-Peters, Omale
Periodical:Humanities Review Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
Architecture and the Arts
About person:Femi Osofisan (1946-)
Abstract:Jean Giraudoux (France) and Femi Osofisan (Nigeria) share a common resolve to exploit mytho-historical materials in order to advance their ideologies. Both can be seen to underwrite the position that the modern playwright finds in myths stories and situations which deal with the greatest and most human themes. A comparative study of Giraudoux's 'Electre' and Osofisan's 'Morountodun' indicates that while the two playwrights both borrow mytho-historical materials, their methods and motifs are not the same. While Giraudoux strives to remain faithful to the myths he borrows, Osofisan deliberately distorts his borrowed myths. And while Giraudoux, influenced by humanist ideology, uses the myths to preach unity, love and peace among mankind, Osofisan, a Marxist by conviction, uses myths to advance his revolutionary goals. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]