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By Brian Crow

ISBN-10: 0521495296

ISBN-13: 9780521495295

During this booklet Brian Crow and Chris Banfield supply an creation to post-colonial theater via targeting the paintings of significant dramatists from the 3rd international and subordinated cultures within the first global. Crow and Banfield contemplate the performs of such writers as Wole Soyinka and Athol Fugard and his collaborators, Derek Walcott, August Wilson and Jack Davis, and Badal Sircar and Girish Karnad. each one bankruptcy includes an informative checklist of fundamental resource fabric and additional studying concerning the dramatists. The ebook may be of curiosity to scholars and students of theater and cultural historical past.

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Nominal independence, then - at least for those who agree with Ngugi and other radical critics of the contemporary world order - is no guarantee of cultural self-determination. The struggle goes on, in a particularly intense form, for the definition and assertion of an authentic rather than an imposed identity, by those who have long been subjugated and subordinated. 25 And indeed, given the many failures of democracy and development as well as the blatant corruption and power seeking in the post-colonial nations, their writers and intellectuals can no longer confidently evoke the images and emotions that fuelled the earlier national independence movements.

A similar implausibility of plot and character relationship also bedevils Pantomime and A Branch of the Blue Nile. Nevertheless, taken together, they constitute a sustained and deeply serious exploration of the dilemmas facing artists in the West Indies and through this a portrait of the wider condition of that culture, and the quarrels that its intellectuals cannot avoid having with it. Walcott dramatizes the artist's disenchantment and creative failure - a failure that is always personal as well as artistic.

The overall effect on the audience's response that this dream structure invites is to pervasively call into question the nature and significance of what is being presented. At one level Makak's dream is precisely that: the troubled mental figments, blending his habitual obsessions with distorted versions of reality, of a half-crazed and drunken old man during one night spent in a prison cell with two other petty criminals and a police corporal. But the text in performance seems persistently to elicit another, juxtaposed dimension of response where there is no clear and definitive separation of 'dream7 from 'reality7.

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