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Decolonizing the StageTheatrical Syncretism and Post-Colonial Drama$
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Christopher B. Balme

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184447.001.0001

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Language and the Post-Colonial Stage

Language and the Post-Colonial Stage

(p.106) Chapter Three Language and the Post-Colonial Stage
Decolonizing the Stage

Christopher B. Balme

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines colonial language as a primary means of theatrical communication. It also examines some aspects of stage language and the use of multilingualism. Multilingualism is utilized as a stage device, since most play texts make use of more than one language. Switching languages in specific contexts and from one mode of expression to another is a feature of syncretic theatre. This chapter examines when and why this takes place. It also discusses forms of translation, such as self-translation and transcreation, which resulted from the existence of bi- and multilingual cultures.

Keywords:   colonial language, theatrical communication, stage language, multilingualism, syncretic theatre, translation, self-translation, transcreation

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