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The Kenya National Drama Festival: Cultural Identity in an Anglophone and Francophone Drama Corpus

Show simple item record Caroline kalangi 2021-01-12T06:52:47Z 2021-01-12T06:52:47Z 2016
dc.description.abstract This study analyszes the representation of cultural identity in sixteen drama texts written by Kenyans in English and in French for the Kenya National Drama Festival (KNDF). Considering the colonial history and the postcolonial context of Kenya, the task involved identifying the postcolonial markers within the texts, identifying major themes and traits constituting a Kenyan cultural identity and determining specific cultural identity. Using a comparative approach, the study draws from both postcolonial and theatre theories. The postcolonial concepts touching on identity through language, culture and representation are identified and analyzed in respect to the Kenyan context. For this reason, the study narrows down to the theoretical works of Edward Saïd, Homi K. Bhabha, Chinua Achebe and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. The study reveals that the Kenyan population is faced with a multiplicity of cultural choices brought about by the colonization experience, the new practices associated with globalization, as well as the complexities and challenges of daily life. The KNDF proves to be an avenue for sensitizing the public on new phenomena, for denouncing societal ills and for promoting African traditional norms. It is apparent that the use of European languages does not hinder the representation of cultural reality of the local society. Kenya therefore attests to cultural mobility seen in the progression from the traditional system towards a more globalized disposition. en_US
dc.publisher Archives-ouvetes en_US
dc.subject Kenya national drama festival,dramatic text,post-colonial theory,representation and cultural identity en_US
dc.title The Kenya National Drama Festival: Cultural Identity in an Anglophone and Francophone Drama Corpus en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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