The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Africa

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Don Rubin
Taylor & Francis, 1994 - Reference - 426 pages
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Volume Three in this series carries on from the highly acclaimed volumes on Europe and on the Americas. Focusing on non-Arabic Africa, and with contributions from leading experts from the countries featured, the third volume of the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre series examines theatrical developments in Africa since 1945. Entries on thirty-two African countries are featured in this volume, preceded by specialist introductory essays on Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, History and Culture, Cosmology, Music, Dance, Theatre for Young Audiences and Puppetry. There are also special introductory general essays on African theatre written by Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka and the outstanding Congolese playwright, Sony Labou Tansi, before his untimely death in 1995. More up-to-date and more wide-ranging than any other publication, this is undoubtedly a major ground-breaking survey of contemporary African theatre.

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The world encyclopedia of contemporary theatre

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This useful compendium of information begins with several general essays on African drama, including some 32 dramatic traditions in Black Africa. (There is a separate volume for Arabic Africa.) Some ... Read full review

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This first volume of a projected six-volume set provides 47 lucid and highly informative comparative essays, each covering a specific nationality. Ranging from 3000 to 30,000 words, the essays each ... Read full review


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