Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa: A Critical Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 20, 1994 - Drama - 243 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

The traditional context of Francophone drama
9
on
49
the thematic dimension
61
La Tragedie du roi Christophe Une Saison
85
Beatrice du Congo lles de Tempete
123
LExit d Albouri
152
Kondo le requin
164
Le ulu
174
Trois pretendants un man
184
Onjoue la comedie
193
LCEil
202
La Puissance d Um
211
Conclusion
221
Index
240
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Conteh-Morgan is professor of French and Francophone literature at Ohio State University.

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