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Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora (Barbara Goff Michael Simpson) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2007) 9780199217182
Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora (Barbara Goff Michael Simpson) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2007) 9780199217182
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Title: Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora

Author: Goff, Barbara Michael Simpson

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199217182

Volumes: 1; Pages: 416

List Price in Cloth: $150.00 Our price: $121.99

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Crossroads in the Black Aegean is a compendious, timely, and fascinating study of African rewritings of Greek tragedy. It consists of detailed readings of six dramas and one epic poem, from different locations across the African diaspora. Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson ask why the plays of Sophocles' Theban Cycle figure so prominently among the tragedies adapted by dramatists of African descent, and how plays that dilate on the power of the past, in the inexorable curse of Oedipus and the regressive obsession of Antigone, can articulate the postcolonial moment. Capitalizing on classical reception studies, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature, Crossroads in the Black Aegean co-ordinates theory and theatre. It crucially investigates how the plays engage with the 'Western canon', and shows how they use their self-consciously literary status to assert, ironize, and challenge their own place, in relation both to that tradition and to alternative African models of cultural transmission.Table of ContentsIntroduction: Answering Another Sphinx1. Intersections and Networks2. Back to the Motherland: Ola Rotimi's The Gods are Not to Blame3. Oedipus Rebound: Rita Dove's The Darker Face of the Earth4. The City on the Edge: Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus5. The Wine-Dark Caribbean? Kamau Brathwaite's Odale's Choice and Derek Walcott's Omeros6. No Man's Island: Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona's The Island7. History Sisters: Femi Osofisan's Tegonni: An African Antigone
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