Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa: A Critical Introduction
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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The traditional context of Francophone drama
the thematic dimension
La Tragedie du roi Christophe Une Saison
Beatrice du Congo lles de Tempete
LExit d Albouri
Kondo le requin
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