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Post-Colonial Drama

Theory, Practice, Politics, 1st Edition

By Helen Gilbert, Joanne Tompkins


360 pages

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Post-Colonial Drama is the first full-length study to address the ways in which performance has been instrumental in resisting the continuing effects of imperialism. It brings to bear the latest theoretical approaches from post-colonial and performance studies to a range of plays from Australia, Africa, Canada, New Zealand, the Caribbean and other former colonial regions. Some of the major topics discussed in Post-Colonial Drama include:

* the interactions of post-colonial and performance theories

* the post-colonial re-stagings of language and history

* the specific enactments of ritual and carnival

* the theatrical citations of the post-colonial body

Post-Colonial Drama combines a rich intersection of theoretical approaches with close attention to a wide range of performance texts.


'The book as a whole brings to the attention of teachers and theatre producers a host of plays that could enrich audiences and readers in South Africa, as well as Britain and North America.' - Journal of South African Studies, June 1998

Table of Contents

Introduction: Re-acting (to) Empire 1. Re-citing the Classics: Canonical Counter-Discourse 2. Traditional Enactments: Ritual and Carnival 3. Post-colonialist History 4. The Languages of Resistance 5. Body Politics 6. Neo-Imperialisms

About the Authors

Helen Gilbert lectures in English at the University of Queensland. Joanne Tompkins lectures in Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General