9781137006806

Recasting Transnationalism Through Performance Theatre Festivals in Cape Verde, Mozambique and Brazil

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    9781137006806

  • ISBN10:

    1137006803

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

The past two decades have witnessed the emergence of a lively Portuguese-language theatre festival circuit, where Brazilian, Portuguese, and Lusophone African artists come together and jointly negotiate the cultural dynamics of an emerging transnational community grounded in a common language and shared colonial histories. Christina S. McMahon trains a sharp ethnographic eye on African performances staged at these festivals, revealing how festival productions and their aftermath can generate new perspectives on race and gender, colonial trauma, and the economics of cultural globalization. Featuring in-depth analysis of performances and artist interviews from Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique – countries with vibrant theatre practices and vexed colonial pasts – the book reveals how international festivals can be valuable platforms for new intercultural dialogues and diplomatic possibilities. Recasting Transnationalism through Performance offers a fresh look at the role of theatre in navigating new postcolonial realities.

Author Biography

Christina S. McMahon is Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. She is a recipient of the IFTR New Scholars Prize and a Fulbright–Hays grant. Her articles have appeared in Theatre Survey, Theatre Research International, Theatre History Studies, and The Latin American Theatre Review.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Global Casting Calls: Performing (Trans)National Identity On Festival Circuits 1
1. Mapping Festivals: Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Brazil in the Lusophone World
2. Recasting the Colonial Past: History, Imagination, and Fantasy on Festival Stages
3. African Women on Festival Circuits: Recasting Labor Roles and Female Sexuality
4. Adaptation and the (Trans)Nation: Creolized Shakespeare, Intercultural Cervantes
5. Toward a Conclusion: Forum Theatre in Festival Venues
Notes
References
Index

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