Metaphors of Oppression in Lusophone Historical Drama

Metaphors of Oppression in Lusophone Historical Drama

by Bonnie S. Wasserman
     
 

ISBN-10: 082046113X

ISBN-13: 9780820461137

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Lusophone playwrights who wrote under repressive regimes and during politically chaotic times often depicted events in their nations’ histories that were oppressive in nature - including the Inquisition, slavery, and colonialism. Using techniques derived from Bertolt Brecht, the playwrights intended to make their audiences reconsider not only the action

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Overview

Lusophone playwrights who wrote under repressive regimes and during politically chaotic times often depicted events in their nations’ histories that were oppressive in nature - including the Inquisition, slavery, and colonialism. Using techniques derived from Bertolt Brecht, the playwrights intended to make their audiences reconsider not only the action taking place onstage, but also its relevance to the contemporary sociopolitical situation. This characteristic can be observed in Brazilian and Portuguese plays written during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Angolan plays written in the 1980s. The seven dramatic works analyzed in this book exemplify how contemporary Lusophone playwrights portray themes of past oppression to covertly discuss political repression and the seeds of civil wars in the second half of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820461137
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Latin America Ser., #6
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
60.00(w) x 90.00(h) x 7.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Lusophone Historical Drama from the Sixteenth Century through the Twentieth15
Ch. 2Intolerance on Trial in O Santo Inquerito and O Judeu47
Ch. 3Breaking the Bonds: Slavery and Rebellion in Arena conta Zumbi, A Revolta da Casa dos Idolos, and Ana, Ze e os Escravos89
Ch. 4Colonialism and Treachery in Felizmente ha luar! and Calabar: O elogio da traicao135
Conclusion177
Notes189
Bibliography201
Index211

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