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The Athenian Sun in an African Sky : Modern African American Adaptions of Classical Greek Tragedy - Kevin J. Wetmore

The Athenian Sun in an African Sky

Modern African American Adaptions of Classical Greek Tragedy

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Western literature has become more influential in Africa since the independence of many of that continent's countries in the early 1960s. In particular, Greek tragedy has grown as model and inspiration for African theatre artists. This work begins with a discussion of the affinity that modern-day African playwrights have for ancient Greek tragedy and the factors that determine their choice of classical texts and topics. The study concentrates on how African playwrights transplant the dramatic action and narrative of the Greek texts by rewriting both the performance codes and the cultural context. The methods by which African playwrights have adapted Greek tragedy and the ways in which the plays satisfy the prevailing principles of both cultures are examined. The plays are The Bacchae of Euripides by Wole Soyinka, Song of a Goat by J.P. Clark, The Gods Are Not to Blame by Ola Rotimi, Guy Butler's Demea, Efua Sutherland's Edufa, Orestes by Athol Fugard, The Song of Jacob Zulu by Tug Yourgrau, Femi Osofisan's Tegonni, Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Odale's Choice, The Island by Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, and Sylvain Bemba's Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone.

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Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introduction: The Library Doors of Classical Africap. 1
Africa's Classical Legacy - Athens' African Legacyp. 7
Greek Colonization and the Greek Construction of Africap. 8
Afrocentric Classicismp. 15
The Impact of Afrocentric Classicism on Greco-African Adaptationsp. 20
Attic Tragedy - Afric Tragedyp. 23
Tragedy, Myth, and Orality: Athens and Africap. 24
Homer and Indigenous African Epicp. 28
The Introduction of Greek Tragedy to Africap. 30
Postcolonial Theatre, Transculturation, Hybridity, and the Art of Adaptationp. 35
Tragic Theory and African Tragic Theoryp. 44
Summary: Greek Tragedy in Africap. 48
Aristophanes in Africap. 50
Ritual, Roots, and Tragic Formp. 53
Ritual and Sacrifice in Greece and Africap. 57
A Return to Origins: Song of a Goatp. 62
Dionysus and Ogun: The Yoruba Tragedy of Wole Soyinkap. 75
Ritual and Revolution: Soyinka and The Bacchae of Euripidesp. 81
The Voice of the Polisp. 99
Political Theatre in Athens and Africa: Myth as Civic Lessonp. 99
Fate and the State: Ola Rotimi's The Gods Are Not to Blamep. 103
The Household Suffers as Society Suffers: Edufap. 120
South Africa as Tragic Protagonist: Demeap. 130
Orestes in South Africap. 143
The Myth of Orestesp. 143
Orestes the Mother-Killer: Fugard's Orestesp. 145
Orestes on Trial: The Song of Jacob Zulup. 153
Changing Orestes, Changing South Africap. 166
African Antigonesp. 169
Antigone in Africap. 169
African and Greek Attitudes to Death, Burial, and the Godsp. 173
Antigone in Exile 1: Odale's Choicep. 176
Antigone in Exile 2: Tegonnip. 181
Antigone Under Apartheid: The Islandp. 194
Life Mirrors Art: Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigonep. 203
Conclusion: African Theatre in a Postcultural Worldp. 213
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780786410934
ISBN-10: 0786410930
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.39  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.32