Théâtres francophones caribéens et africains

(GRADUATE SEMINAR OPEN TO SELECTED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS)

This course traces the history of modern and contemporary drama written by Francophone Caribbean and African playwrights. It examines the growing part played nowadays by Black Theater, which remained absent or invisible for a long time on the French stages and in the Theater Festival of Avignon. Through subversive theatrical works which challenge Western aesthetical canons, Francophone drama offers an analytical site for the study of colonial histories, and postcolonial alternatives. It questions racial and gender hierarchies, and current global issues such as exile and migration, and economical inequalities. Textual analysis will be combined with a performance oriented approach of scenography, using screening of videos, and attending plays performed at the Avignon Theater Festival as well as meeting with playwrights, directors, and actors.

Readings include Aimé Césaire (Martinique), Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), Guy Régis Junior (Haiti), Koffi Kwahulé (Ivory Coast), José Pliya (Benin).