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Black Dionysus : Greek tragedy and African American theatre

Author: Kevin J Wetmore, Jr.
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2003] ©2003
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The different ways in which Greek tragedy has been used by playwrights, directors and others to represent and define African American history and identity are explored in this work. Two models are offered for an Afro-Greek connection: Black Orpheus, in which the Greek connection is metaphorical, expressing the African in terms of the European; and Black Athena, in which ancient Greek culture is "reclaimed" as part  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wetmore, Kevin J., 1969-
Black Dionysus.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2003
(OCoLC)606979532
Online version:
Wetmore, Kevin J., 1969-
Black Dionysus.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2003
(OCoLC)607724513
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin J Wetmore, Jr.
ISBN: 0786415452 9780786415458
OCLC Number: 51323566
Description: ix, 262 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Greek tragedy and the African diaspora --
1. Black Athena meets Black Orpheus ; three models of the Afro-Greek connection --
2. Afro(American)centric classicism and African American theatre --
3. Ancient plays in a new world : multicultural currents --
4. Black Medea --
5. Mediterranean/Caribbean, or Odysseus looks for home --
Conclusion. Black Dionysus, or Athenian-African American theatre.
Responsibility: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

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This volume explores the different ways in which Greek tragedy has been used by playwrights, directors and others to represent and define African American history and identity. Two models are offered  Read more...

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