Dr. Osonye Tess Onwueme
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"Tess is a rare jewel in this country..." - Dr. K. Kendall, Smith College, MA.


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Sample Critical/Scholarly Studies & Publications on my Creative Work

Ajayi, Omofolabo (2002). "Who Can Silence Her Drums? An Analysis of the plays of Tess Onwueme." African Theatre: Women. Eds. Martin Banham, James Gibbs, et al. [Leeds University, School of English Journal publication], 2002. Pp. 109-121.

Amkpa, Awam (2004). “Tess Onwueme: Theatre, Gender, and Power.” [Chapter 3] Theatre and Postcolonial Desires. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Amuta, Chidi. “The Nigerian Woman as a Dramatist: The Instance of Tess Onwueme.” Nigerian Female Writers: A Critical Perspective, eds., Henrietta C. Otokunefor and Obiageli C. Nwodo. Oxford: Malthouse Press, 1989. Pp. 53-59.

Akpewho, Lucky. Tess Onwueme’s plays and Feminist Aesthetics in Nigerian Drama, MA Thesis, English Department, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Nigeria, May 2000.

Batra, Kanika. “Daughters Who Know the Languages of Power: Community, Sexuality, and Postcolonial Development In Tess Onwueme’s Tell It To Women.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 9, 1 (2007), New York: Routledge, 2007. 124-138 (ISSN 1369-801X print/1469-929X online).

Dr. Bradlette, Juluette (2001). “Promoting Empowerment For Women: Women Between Modernity And Tradition In The Works of Tess Onwueme. Ph.D Dissertation, English Department, Houston University, Houston, Texas (May 2001).

“Modernity and Tradition in Tess Onwueme’s Plays. Nigeria in the Twentieth Century. Ed. Toyin Falola. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2002. Pp. 799-808.

Dunton, Chris. Make Man Talk True: Nigerian Drama in English Since 1970. London: Hans Zell, 1992.

“Nigeria and the Diaspora, Solidarities and Discords: The Drama of Tess Onwueme. ”Nigeria in the Twenthieth Century. Ed. Toyin Falola. Durham, North Carolina. Carolina Academic Press, 2002. Pp. 791-798.

Ebeogu, Afam (1991). “Feminism and the Mediation of the Mythic in Three Plays by Tess Onwueme,” The Literary Griot, 3 (1) Spring 1991, pp. 97-111.

Eke, Maureen, Ed. Perspectives on Tess Onwueme Work: Postcolonial Ideology and the Politics of Gender, Women, and Youth in Theatre and Literature, (forthcoming).

Evwierhoma, M. Female Empowerment and Dramatic Creativity in Nigeria. Ibadan: Caltop Publications, Ltd. 2002. (168 pages).

Golus, Carrie “Tess Osonye Onwueme, Contemporary Black Biography, 23 (2003) Ed. David G. Oblender.

Iwuchukwu, Onyeka “Revolt in Selected Plays by Tess Onwueme.” Doctoral Dissertation, Submitted to the English Department, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. 2010.

Jones, Lisa. M. Global-Cultural Contexts Of Tess Onwueme's Plays. M. A. Thesis in Theatre, Leeds University, Leeds, United Kingdom, May 1997.

Kamau, Oliver. Revolutionary Theatre in Africa: The Example of Tess Onwueme’s Plays, Dissertation submitted to the Theatre Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 1999.

Katiwiwa Mule “Producing Locality: Tess Onwueme’s Archeologies of Knowledge in The Reign of Wazobia and Tell It to Women.” [Book Chapter] Women’s Spaces, Women’s Visions: Politics, Poetics, and Resistance in African Drama, 2007.

Migraine-George, Thérèse. “African Women on the Global Stage.” African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2008, 151-198.

“Africa Women “Thinking Global And Acting Local:” Tess Onwueme’s What Mama Said. African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2008, 157 178.

“Tess Onwueme’s Parables for a Season And The Reign of Wazobia. African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2008, 69-75.

“Questions to Tess Onwueme: July 13, 2005.” African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2008, 264-279.

Nwachukwu-Agbada, J.O.J. “The Dramatic Works of Tess Onwueme.” Commonwealth Essays and Studies 17 (1995), 31-35.

“Tess Onwueme: Dramatist in Quest of Change.” World Literature Today (Summer 1992), 464-467.

Ngugi wa Thiong'O (1997). "Critical Reader Response To Tess Onwueme's Drama: Reader's Report," Wayne State Press, Detroit, 1996.

Obafemi, Olu. “Towards Feminist Aesthetics in Nigerian Drama: The Plays of Tess Onwueme.” African Literature Today 17 (1995), 84-99.

"Tess Onwueme's Iconoclastic Dramas," Nigerian Theatre Since the 1980's. Bayreuth African Studies Bayreuth University, Bayreuth, Germany, July 1997.

“Towards Feminist Aesthetics in Nigerian Drama: The Plays of Tess Onwueme. Critical Theory & African Literature, 19 (1994), 84-100.

Tobrise, Mabel. Power And Powerlessness in Contemporary Literature: A Case Study of Tess Onwueme's Drama, PhD dissertation, English Department, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, May 1995.

Uko, Inibong I. Gender and Identity in the Works of Osonye Tess Onwueme, Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2004. 306 pages.

“Critical Response to Chris Water’s Review of Osonye Tess Onwueme’s Plays,” African Literature Today, (2004).

Uko, L. L. “African Feminism in the Theatre of Zulu Sofola and Tess Onwueme: A Celebration.” Africana Marbugensia 16 (1996), 4-10.

Utudjian, Elaine Saint-Andre. “Ghana and Nigeria.” Post-Colonial English Drama: Commonwealth Drama Since 1910, ed., Bruce King. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.

“Two Nigerian Dramatists.” Commonwealth Essays and Studies (Dijon) 15 (1992), 96-101.

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