The characteristics of some Xhosa dramas

Sirayi, Henderson Mziwoxolo (1993) The characteristics of some Xhosa dramas. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

This study aims at highlighting some crucial aspects of Xhosa drama. These aspects are of great significance for the understanding of Xhosa drama. It also aims to historicize and contextualize examinations of traditional Xhosa drama and modern Xhosa drama. The study is divided into seven chapters. The first chapter introduces the aim, the scope, the theories and the methods of the study. Chapter 2 establishes the existence of Xhosa traditional drama or theatre. The relation between ritual and drama, and the forces that disabled traditional South African drama are examined. Chapter 3 analyses Xhosa traditional drama. The social functions of traditional drama are also considered. Three kinds of contexts for Xhosa modern drama are investigated in Chapter 4. These contexts are the social, the geographical and the historical. Chapter 5 presents a detailed examination of characterisation in Xhosa modern drama, which examination has led to the conclusion that characters do not represent free-floating individuals, but rather individuals reflecting different social beliefs of African communities. The structural dynamics of Xhosa modern drama is the focus of Chapter 6. The structural pattern of African drama, and of Xhosa modern drama in particular, is cyclic in nature. The last chapter, Chapter 7, summarizes the findings of the study, and predicts the future of Xhosa drama in general.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Xhosa drama
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > School of Languages > African Languages
Supervisors:Mtuze, Peter
ID Code:4156
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:28 Nov 2012 09:48
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