n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy, Astrid van Weyenberg : reviews

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Van Weyenberg (Literary Studies, University of Amsterdam), in an introduction and four chapters examines contemporary African adaptations of Greek tragedies in context. Wisely asking at the beginning, how a scholar can 'examine critically a tradition from a position within that tradition' (p. xviii), she considers the complex relationship between a work of art and the sociopolitical context in which it is created. In particular, she is interested in examining how these adaptations demonstrate 'Greek tragedy's potential to inspire and dramatize political change' by dramatising resistance and revolution, and how other adaptations 'reflect on the after-math of such transitional moments' (p. 1).

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