Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

byBarbara Goff, Michael Simpson

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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 ofSophocles' 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 onclassical 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, and that of the Greek originals, in relation to that tradition. Beyond these oedipal reflexes, the adaptations offer alternative African models of cultural transmission.

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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 ofSophocles' Theban Cycle figure so prominent...

Barbara Goff is Reader in Classics, Department of Classics, University of Reading. Michael Simpson is Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199217181

ISBN - 13:9780199217182

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 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