Crossroads within the Black Aegean is a compendious, well timed, and interesting research of African rewritings of Greek tragedy. It contains distinctive readings of six dramas and one epic poem, from varied destinations around the African diaspora. Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson ask why the performs of Sophocles' Theban Cycle determine so prominently one of the tragedies tailored by means of dramatists of African descent, and the way performs that dilate at the energy of the previous, in the
inexorable curse of Oedipus and the regressive obsession of Antigone, can articulate the postcolonial second. Capitalizing on classical reception reviews, postcolonial experiences, and comparative literature, Crossroads within the Black Aegean co-ordinates thought and theatre. It crucially investigates how the plays
engage with the 'Western canon', and indicates how they use their self-consciously literary prestige to say, ironize, and problem their very own position, and that of the Greek originals, with regards to that culture. past those oedipal reflexes, the variations supply replacement African types of cultural transmission.
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