New Francophone African and Caribbean Theatres

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August 2010



John Conteh-Morgan explores the multiple ways in which African andCaribbean theatres have combined aesthetic, ceremonial, experimental, andavant-garde practices in order to achieve sharp critiques of the nationalist andpostnationalist state and to elucidate the concerns of the francophone world. Morerecent changes have introduced a transnational dimension, replacing concerns withnational and ethnic solidarity in favor of irony and self-reflexivity. NewFrancophone African and Caribbean Theatres places these theatres at the heart ofcontemporary debates on global cultural and political practices and offers a morefinely tuned understanding of performance in diverse diasporic networks.


Acknowledgments; Preface by John Conteh-Morgan and Dominic Thomas Introduction: Instrumentalizing Performance and the Francophone Postcolonial Performative; 1. Cultural Trauma and Ritual Re-membering: Werewere Liking's Les mains veulent dire; 2. The Dramatist as Epic Performer: Eugene Dervain's Saran, ou La reine scelerate; 3. The Power and the Pleasures of Dramatized Narrative: Bernard Zadi Zaourou's La guerre des femmes; 4. Theatre as Writing and Voice: Patrick Chamoiseau's Manman Dlo contre la fee Carabosse; 5. Tradition Instrumentalized: Elie Stephenson's O Mayouri; 6. 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 Ndinga; 7. 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 capitaine; Conclusion: Francophone Theatres in the Age of Globalization References; Index


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)."


"Here John Conteh-Morgan presents a global strategy--to avoid automatic "derivational" criticism and to read African theatre in its own right. His discussions of individual plays and playwrights are informative and worthwhile." Carrol Coates, Binghamton University "John Conteh-Morgan was the pre-eminent scholar of African theatre in French in the United States. This book establishes the bar (and a high one) for future scholarship on the subject." Judith G. Miller, New York University
EAN: 9780253222268
ISBN: 0253222265
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2010
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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