Spiders of the Market - David Afriyie Donkor (Hardcover)

Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism

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Barcode
9780253021342
Department
Books
Released
4 Jul 2016
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
David Afriyie Donkor
Subtitle
Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Indiana Univ Pr
Series
African Expressive Cultures
Language
English
Number of Pages
240
Dimensions
229 x 152mm (499g)

Summary

The Ghanaian trickster-spider, Ananse, is a deceptive figure full of comic delight who blurs the lines of class, politics, and morality. David Afriyie Donkor identifies social performance as a way to understand trickster behavior within the shifting process of political legitimization in Ghana, revealing stories that exploit the social ideologies of economic neoliberalism and political democratization. At the level of policy, neither ideology was completely successful, but Donkor shows how the Ghanaian government was crafty in selling the ideas to the people, adapting trickster-rooted performance techniques to reinterpret citizenship and the common good. Trickster performers rebelled against this takeover of their art and sought new ways to out trick the tricksters.

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General Subject
Music
BISAC Subject 1
Music / Ethnomusicology
BISAC Subject 2
Performing Arts / Theater / General
BIC Classification 1
Theatre studies
Library Subject 1
Anansi (Legendary character)
Library Subject 2
Theater - Political aspects
Library Subject 3
Ghana
Dewey Classification
780

Author Bio

David Afriyie Donkor is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. He is an actor and a director who has adapted several folktales, personal narratives, and literary works for the stage. His scholarly work is published in Ghana Studies, Cultural Studies, Theatre Survey, and TDR.

Review Quotes

By sharing the performance experiences, rather than texts, Donkor accomplishes the challenging task of introducing rare theatre performances in a particularly compelling context for a Western readership in a global age. * Theatre Survey *