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Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa
A Critical Introduction

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034715


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  • This study is entirely devoted to African literary drama in French, a major component of African theatre. Beginning with a detailed analysis of its relationship to a variety of pre-colonial, but sometimes still contemporary traditions of performance which constitute part of its roots, Conteh-Morgan examines this drama both in its literary and theatrical dimensions. He discusses its development, themes and techniques and considers its attempts, since the 1980s, to move away from the predominantly text-based drama of first generation playwrights to a more performance-oriented one. The book is divided into two sections: part one offers a theoretical and historical background and part two analyses key individual plays central to the repertoire, including two from the Caribbean. All quotations from play texts are translated into English.

    • Examines French-language African drama - a major part of theatre in Africa
    • Evaluates actual plays and includes bio-bibliographies of playwrights in the text
    • All play extracts translated into English
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034715
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.393kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    John Conteh-Morgan

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