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Crossroads in the Black Aegean – Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora

Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson


This book seeks to explain the prominence of Sophocles' Theban plays among those Greek tragedies adapted by dramatists across the African diaspora. It argues that the Theban plays reflect on three themes which have become crucial in the postcolonial context: identity, the grounding of civilization on barbarism, and transmission of culture over time and space. To adapt the Theban dramas is thus a massively theoretical as well as an audaciously practical act, because they have been installed as the script that both legislates and explains how they, and indeed all other cultural artefacts, are co ... More

Keywords: Sophocles, Theban plays, Greek tragedies, African adaptations, postcolonial theory, classical reception, cultural politics, Western canon, Black Atlantic, Black Athena

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199217182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Goff, author
Reader in Classics, Department of Classics, University of Reading
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Michael Simpson, author
Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London
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