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The Resource Colonialism and slavery in performance : theatre and the eighteenth-century French Caribbean, edited by Jeffrey M. Leichman and Karine Bénac-Giroux

Colonialism and slavery in performance : theatre and the eighteenth-century French Caribbean, edited by Jeffrey M. Leichman and Karine Bénac-Giroux

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Colonialism and slavery in performance : theatre and the eighteenth-century French Caribbean
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Colonialism and slavery in performance
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theatre and the eighteenth-century French Caribbean
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edited by Jeffrey M. Leichman and Karine Bénac-Giroux
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Theatre and the eighteenth-century French Caribbean
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eng
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"Colonialism and Slavery in Performance brings together original archival research with recent critical perspectives to argue for the importance of theatrical culture to the understanding of the French Caribbean sugar colonies in the eighteenth century. Fifteen English-language essays from both established and emerging scholars apply insights and methodologies from performance studies and theatre history in order to propose a new understanding of Old Regime culture and identity as a trans-Atlantic continuum that includes the Antillean possessions whose slave labour provided enormous wealth to the metropole. Carefully documented studies of performances in Saint-Domingue, the most prosperous French colony, illustrate how the crucible of a brutally racialized colonial space gave rise to a new French identity by adapting many of the cherished theatrical traditions that colonists imported directly from the mainland, resulting in a Creole performance culture that reflected the strong influence of African practices brought to the islands by plantation slaves. Other essays focus on how European theatregoers reconciled the contradiction inherent in the eighteenth century’s progressive embrace of human rights, with an increasing dependence on the economic spoils of slavery, thus illustrating how the stage served as a means to negotiate new tensions within “French” identity, in the metropole as well as in the colonies. In the final section of the volume, essays explore the place of performance in representations of the Old Regime Antilles, from the Haitian literary diaspora to contemporary performing artists from Martinique and Guadeloupe, as the stage remains central to understanding history and identity in France’s former Atlantic slave colonies."
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1975-
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  • Leichman, Jeffrey M.
  • Bénac-Giroux, Karine
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Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment,
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2021:03
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  • Theater and society
  • Theater
  • French drama
  • Imperialism in literature
  • Slavery in literature
  • France
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Colonialism and slavery in performance : theatre and the eighteenth-century French Caribbean, edited by Jeffrey M. Leichman and Karine Bénac-Giroux
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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24 cm.
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xii, 391 pages
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9781800348042
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(OCoLC)1242402710
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Colonialism and slavery in performance : theatre and the eighteenth-century French Caribbean, edited by Jeffrey M. Leichman and Karine Bénac-Giroux
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1242402710
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 391 pages
Isbn
9781800348042
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1242402710

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