John Pepper Clark Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Overviews And General Studies

(Drama Criticism)

T. O. McLoughlin (essay date March 1975)

SOURCE: "The Plays of John Pepper Clark," in English Studies in Africa, Vol. 18, No. 1, March, 1975, pp. 31-40.

[In the following essay, McLaughlin examines the role of the hero in Song of a Goat, The Masquerade, The Raft, and Ozidi and compares and contrasts these plays with Greek myth and Shakespearean drama.]

John Pepper Clark's early plays show the influence of established European literary forms, yet Nigerian myths and cultural attitudes have so asserted themselves in his most recent play, Ozidi, that his artistic manner has changed considerably. His fascination for the...

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