Shades and Nuances of Socio-Political Anomy in Edge of the Brink: Interpretive Reading of Ifechi Jane Odoe’s Polysemy and Positivist Polemics

Emeka Aniago


This paper evaluates the multiplex nature of the dramatized decadence and the nuances of salvation prescribed by Ifechi Jane Odoe as encapsulated in her positivist polemics in Edge of the Brink. Primarily this study’s discussion revolves around interpretive reading of her shades of representation to extrapolate on the attributions subsumed in her portrayal. To examine the subject matters, this study leans on the view that social realities are evolutionary and not permanently static, that the pace of evolutionary trends of social realities vary from one society to another, and that influential factors such as custom, religion, and human circumstances contribute in many ways in propelling a continual re-aggregation of social realities for individuals as well as communities. Hence, this paper discusses the metaphors as well as trajectories to the dramatized decadent polis and the contextualization of suitable re-birth as Odoe proposes in the focused play. To this end, this paper adopts Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann’s theory on ‘social construction of reality’ as its preferred theoretical framework. Lastly, the analysis of the focused text and relevant scholarly perspectives is based essentially on interpretive discuss analysis and attribution polemics.


Attribution, Charismatic, Leadership; Polities; Revolution; Social Construction

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