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Black Dionysus: Greek Tragedy and African American Theatre

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The different ways in which Greek tragedy has been used by playwrights, directors and others to define African American history and identity are explored in this work. Two models are offered for an Afro-Greek connection: Black Orpheus, in which the Greek connection is metaphorical, expressing the African in terms of the European; and Black Athena, in which ancient Greek culture is "reclaimed" as part of an Afrocentric tradition. African American adaptations of Greek tragedy on the continuum of these two models are then discussed, and plays by Peter Sellars, Adrienne Kennedy, Lee Breuer, Rita Dove, Jim Magnuson, Ernest Ferlita, Steve Carter, Silas JOnes, Rhodessa Jones and Derek Walcott are analyzed. The concepts of colorblind and nontraditional casting and how such practices can shape the reception and meaning of Greek tragedy in modern American productions are also covered.

Book News Annotation:

Wetmore (theatre, California State U.-Northridge) examines how Greek cultural material, especially Athenian tragedy, has been used by playwrights, directors, and others to present, represent, define, and explore African American history and identity. Adaptation, postcolonial literary, and performance theories inform his study. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786415458
Author:
Wetmore, Kevin J., Jr.
Publisher:
McFarland & Company
Location:
Jefferson, N.C.
Subject:
American
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Literature, comparative
Subject:
Greek drama
Subject:
American drama
Subject:
Greek drama (Tragedy)
Subject:
Mythology, Greek, in literature
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
African Americans - Intellectual life
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Ltd Rmst and Se
Series Volume:
no. 250
Publication Date:
20030331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.18x6.02x.59 in. .81 lbs.

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