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Decolonizing the Stage: Theatrical Syncretism and Post-Colonial Drama

Christopher B. Balme


This book is a major study devoted to post-colonial drama and theatre. It examines the way dramatists and directors from various countries and societies have attempted to fuse the performance idioms of their indigenous traditions with the Western dramatic form. These experiments are termed ‘syncretic theatre’. The study provides a theoretically sophisticated, cross-cultural comparative approach to a wide number of writers, regions, and theatre movements, ranging from Maori, Aboriginal, and Native American theatre to Township theatre in South Africa. Writers studied include Nobel Prize-winning ... More

Keywords: post-colonial drama, indigenous traditions, Western dramatic form, syncretic theatre, Derek Walcott, Maori theatre, Aboriginal theatre, native American theatre, Township theatre, Wole Soyinka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher B. Balme, author
University of Munich