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The Nigerian Playwright and the Hermeneutics of Choice: Two Views.

By Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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A dramatic text can possess characteristics that can distil or explicate certain significance. A deconstruction of a writer’s philosophical approach to characterization reveals it as either discursive or psychoanalytical.This research analyzes selected Nigerian plays by Ahmed Yerima and EsiabaIrobiwhich have widespread popularity with youths and examines them with reference to the current socio-political turmoil in Nigeria.The aim is to unravel the psychoanalytical basis of audience identification with the psychological characters in the literary works. The work reveals that the approach adopted by a writer can be predicated on psychological introspection or moral grandstanding. While a choice can be made between alternative attributes, often a selection is made between real options and followed by the corresponding action. Since violence has become a major staple shaping contemporary social attitude, audience sensibility and interpretation the improper heroes depicted in EsiabaIrobi and Ahmed Yerima’s works can be said to possess certain values which are commonly accepted by the Nigerian populace.Irobiand Yerima’s playswill be used to buttress the argument that the playwright’s interpretation of reality and transaction of this perception is predicated on a hermeneutic temperament and a deliberate philosophy of choice. The ethical perplexity of showing the vulgar reality of contemporary Nigeria while maintaining a decorous artistic level becomes a veritable Catch-22 scenario for the interpretive playwright.
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Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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