African Playwright as Re-Writer of History

Nwachukwu Harrison Iweka


History has often provided creative writers with source materials. African writers have used historical artifacts to re-create misguided information to the outside world. This essay entitled: The African playwright as a re-writer of history examines the African Historical drama as aesthetics representation and misrepresentation of African realities. It deals with the re-interpretation of colonial history, especially as concerning conquest and resistance. This paper concludes that historical drama portrays all dramaturgy that reveals past events in some society. It is regarded as the totality of how man creates and re-creates himself. This is because all literature begins as an experience and ends as a creative work. However, without experience or history, there will be no literature.

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