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Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora (Classical Presences)

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Crossroads in the Black Aegean is a compendious, timely, and fascinating study of African rewritings of Greek tragedy. It consists of detailed readings of six dramas and one epic poem, from different locations across the African diaspora. Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson ask why the plays of Sophocles' Theban Cycle figure so prominently among the tragedies adapted by dramatists of African descent, and how plays that dilate on the power of the past, in the inexorable curse of Oedipus and the regressive obsession of Antigone, can articulate the postcolonial moment. Capitalizing on classical reception studies, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature, Crossroads in the Black Aegean co-ordinates theory and theatre. It crucially investigates how the plays engage with the 'Western canon', and shows how they use their self-consciously literary status to assert, ironize, and challenge their own place, in relation both to that tradition and to alternative African models of cultural transmission.

About the Author

Barbara Goff is Professor of Classics, Department of Classics, University of Reading.

Michael Simpson is Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199217182
Author:
Simpson, Michael
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Goff, Barbara
Author:
null, Barbara
Author:
null, Michael
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Classical Studies | Classical Literature in Translation
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
African
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Classical influences
Subject:
Influence
Subject:
Sophocles - Influence
Subject:
African drama (english)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Classical Presences
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 in-text illus.
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.3 x 1.1 in 1.694 lb

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