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‘(Un)like Shakespeare’: Africanizing Romeo and Juliet

2020-06-09 14:00 to 16:00
Online via Zoom

The Research Project „Travelling Knowledge and Trans*textuality. African Sources in Shakespearean Drama“ invites to a public lecture by Dr. Lekan Balogun titled:

„‘(Un)like Shakespeare’: Africanizing Romeo and Juliet“.


Scholars argue that with regards to Shakespeare, adaptation practice requires recasting the image of the genius in order to speak to the purposes, fantasies, and anxieties of various historical moments through a “retelling of the source.” In this presentation which is part of my continuing engagement with the Shakespeare canon, I will discuss two Nigerian plays: Zulu Sofola’s Wedlock of the Gods (1972) and Femi Osofisan’s Farewell to a Cannibal Rage (1986), which reflect on Yoruba narrative tradition and ethos and are mere echoes but not necessarily adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Julie. 

The lecture will take place via zoom on 9 June 2020 14:00 - 16:00 CET.


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