Archetypes, Imprecators, and Victims of Fate: Origins and Developments of Satire in Black Drama

Synopsis

In searching for a "definitive concept" of black theatre, Euba delves deeply into the Yoruba culture and gods, specifically the attributes and ritual of Esu-Elegbara. The resulting vision goes beyond the standard interpretations to place Esu, the "fate god," squarely at the center of Yoruba ritual and drama, and by extension, at the center of the black writer's concept of character, actor, and audience as victims of fate and satire. This is a sophisticated study that will be of great interest to those seeking to understand African influences on black drama and culture.