The Fortune-Teller

The Fortune-Teller

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Drama penned by a Francophone Louisiana native of African descent
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 146.3 x 218.9 x 20.3mm | 412.78g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252027191
  • 9780252027192

About Victor Sejour

Victor Sejour (1817-74) was born in Louisiana but made his career as a playwright in France. Norman R. Shapiro, professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan University, is a widely published translator of French theater, poetry, and prose.M. Lynn Weiss is an associate professor of American studies at the College of William and Mary. Their previous collaborations include Creole Echoes: The Francophone Literature of Nineteenth-Century Louisiana.
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For both Fortune-Teller and Jew of Seville "Shapiro's superb, lively translations of these two plays invite an intimate and extraordinary look into the complexities of being 'colored' and free in the antebellum South... The two translated plays under review here expose the hypocrisy of religious persecution and by extension the abasement endured by Sejour's own people in Louisiana... Shapiro provides excellent introductions and a representative bibliography." -- Choice ADVANCE PRAISE "These are two remarkable plays, easily the best dramas by an American-born author (long) before O'Neill ... a far cry from the melodrama that dominated the pre-Civil War stage in the U.S., and marginalized only because they were written in French rather than in English." -- Werner Sollors, author of Neither Black Nor White Yet Both
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