1st Edition

Post-Colonial Drama Theory, Practice, Politics

By Helen Gilbert, Joanne Tompkins Copyright 1996
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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

    '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