Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa: A Critical Introduction

Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa: A Critical Introduction

by John Conteh-Morgan
     
 

ISBN-10: 052143453X

ISBN-13: 9780521434539

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first study to be entirely devoted to African literary drama in French, a major component of African theater. Beginning with a detailed analysis of its relationship to a variety of precolonial, but sometimes still contemporary, traditions of performance that constitute part of its roots, the author examines this drama in both its literary and theatrical

Overview

This is the first study to be entirely devoted to African literary drama in French, a major component of African theater. Beginning with a detailed analysis of its relationship to a variety of precolonial, but sometimes still contemporary, traditions of performance that constitute part of its roots, the author examines this drama in both its literary and theatrical dimensions. He discusses its development, themes and techniques up to and including contemporary theater. The book is divided into two sections: Part One offers a theoretical and historical background; Part Two analyzes key individual plays central to the repertoire, including two from the Caribbean. All quotations are translated into English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521434539
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Intoduction; Part I. Theoretical and Historical Studies: 1. The traditional context of Francophone drama; 2. From oral performances to modern drama: on the growth and development of a genre; 3. Francophone drama: the thematic dimension; Part II. The Plays: 4. Aimé Césaire: La Tragédie du roi Christophe; Une Saison au Congo; 5. Bernard Dadié: Béatrice du Congo; Iles de Tempête; 6. Cheik Ndao: L'Exil d'Albouri; 7. Jean Pliya: Kondo le requin; 8. Tchicaya U'Tamsi: Le Zulu; 9. Guillaume Oyono-Mbia: Trois prétendants … un mari; 10. Senouvo Zinsou: On joue la comédie; 11. Zadi Zaourou: L'Œil; 12. Werewere Liking: La Puissance d'Um; Conclusion; References; Index.

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