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Hybridization of Metaphysics, Collective Unconsciousness and History in Two Nigerian Plays

Journal: International Journal of English, Literature and Social Science (Vol.3, No. 4)

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Page : 656-663

Keywords : Metaphysics; Collective unconsciousness; Historical plays; Governance;

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Corpus of literary critical engagement globally, tends to explore the interplay and nexus between literature and other disciplines in both science and humanistic studies in order to showcase the complementation and indispensability of various fields or disciplines for the expansion of knowledge and for the advancement and survival of human society. Through the investigation of elements of metaphysics, unconsciousness and history in Ahmed Yerima's Tafida and Mua'dhin's Call in this study, indispensability and comparativeness of literary engagement are established in order to address the growth and survival of human society through rejuvenation of history. Patterns of metaphysical elements and dream are examined for critical and textual analyses. Psychoanalysis serves as the theoretical framework that undergirds the discussion and findings. It is discovered that the metaphysical elements and dreams serve as signifiers of characters' traumatic behavior and revealer of their naïve approach of handling things. They also serve as instrument of flashback to the physical and psychological conflicts in the texts. The social, political and economic imbroglios that permeate Nigerian atmosphere are depicted through the artistic presentation of human psyches and unconscious motives. The paper succinctly concludes that remarkable happenings of the past (history) should be dramaturgically engaged by playwrights that have strong affinity to history, and history must not be ignored because it serves as a pivot to unfold possible solutions to contemporary pressing issues and crises. The mix of metaphysics, collective unconsciousness and history therefore, is a quintessential dramatic talent exhibited by Ahmed Yerima in his quest to unravel the prevailing crisis of governance in his society.

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