Thematic Cluster: Black African Literatures and Cultures
In her article "Racism and Identity in Onwueme's Riot in Heaven" Onyeka Iwuchukwu explores Tess Osonye Onwueme's acclaimed play in the context of the Black diaspora in the U.S. Iwuchukwu posits that because of Onwueme's exploration of the theater of the absurd in the play, audience's attention is directed to the illogical presentation of dialogue and action. However, the technique with textual properties suggesting unmotivated and meaningless references in fact carries profound meaning. Further, the said "absurd" presentation and narration results in a strong ideological and political message akin to the practice of littérature engagée. Iwuchukwu's analysis of Riot in Heaven is an attempt to illuminate Onwueme's projection against the condition of racial discrimination resulting in Blacks' self-effacing complexes of inferiority. Iwuchukwu reads Onwueme's play as a call for change in the attitudes and practices of US-American Blacks and agrees with the playwright's intention to encourage Blacks to re-discover their culture and origins in order to displace the said reign of inferiority.
Iwuchukwu, Onyeka F.
"Racism and Identity in Onwueme's Riot in Heaven."
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
This text has been double-blind peer reviewed by 2+1 experts in the field.
The above text, published by Purdue University Press ©Purdue University, has been downloaded 659 times as of 05/13/18.
American Studies Commons, Comparative Literature Commons, Education Commons, European Languages and Societies Commons, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commons, Other Arts and Humanities Commons, Other Film and Media Studies Commons, Reading and Language Commons, Rhetoric and Composition Commons, Social and Behavioral Sciences Commons, Television Commons, Theatre and Performance Studies Commons