New Francophone African and Caribbean Theatres

New Francophone African and Caribbean Theatres

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John Conteh-Morgan explores the multiple ways in which African and Caribbean theatres have combined aesthetic, ceremonial, experimental, and avant-garde practices in order to achieve sharp critiques of the nationalist and postnationalist state and to elucidate the concerns of the francophone world. More recent changes have introduced a transnational dimension, replacing concerns with national and ethnic solidarity in favor of irony and self-reflexivity. New Francophone African and Caribbean Theatres places these theatres at the heart of contemporary debates on global cultural and political practices and offers a more finely tuned understanding of performance in diverse diasporic more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253222265
  • 9780253222268

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An important resource for a broad audience. . . . Highly recommended.June 2011 * Choice * [Conteh-Morgan's] readings are excellent, and his approach will be of interest to anyone studying post-colonial theatres in a global context. By grouping French-language African and Caribbean theatres together in terms of their genealogical history, and investigating their multiple theatrical influences in context, Conteh-Morgan develops a conscientious reading strategy that melds the cultural-political imperative of post-colonial studies with a respect for the limitlessness of artistic genius. * Theatre Research International * In this fascinating and exciting study, the late John Conteh-Morgan succeeded admirably in bringing to Anglophone attention a precious body of Francophone African and Caribbean theater-a rich seam for further enquiry, comparative not least. * New West Indian Guide *show more

About John Conteh-Morgan

John Conteh-Morgan (1948-2008) was Professor in the Department of French and Italian at the Ohio State University. He is author of Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa and editor (with Tejumola Olaniyan) of African Drama and Performance (IUP, 2004). Dominic Thomas is Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa (IUP, 2002) and Black France (IUP, 2006).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsPreface by John Conteh-Morgan and Dominic ThomasIntroduction: Instrumentalizing Performance and the Francophone Postcolonial Performative1. Cultural Trauma and Ritual Re-membering: Werewere Liking's Les mains veulent dire2. The Dramatist as Epic Performer: Eugene Dervain's Saran, ou La reine scelerate3. The Power and the Pleasures of Dramatized Narrative: Bernard Zadi Zaourou's La guerre des femmes4. Theatre as Writing and Voice: Patrick Chamoiseau's Manman Dlo contre la fee Carabosse5. Tradition Instrumentalized: Elie Stephenson's O Mayouri6. Militariat Grotesqueries and Tragic Lament: Tchicaya U Tam'si's Le destin glorieux du Marechal Nnikon Nniku, prince qu'on sort and Le bal de Ndinga7. From the Grotesque to the Fantastic: Sony Labou Tansi's Qui a mange Madame d'Avoine Bergotha?8. Exile and the Failure of the Nation; or, Diasporic Subjectivity from Below: Simone Schwarz-Bart's Ton beau capitaineConclusion: Francophone Theatres in the Age of GlobalizationReferencesIndexshow more

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