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Crossroads in the Black AegeanOedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora$
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Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217182.001.0001

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Intersections and Networks

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Crossroads in the Black Aegean

Barbara Goff (Contributor Webpage)

Michael Simpson (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter One establishes the book's theoretical and methodological context by siting it within recent developments in postcolonial studies, reception studies, and theories of tragedy. Taking as its methodological parameters the work of Gilroy and Bernal on the Black Atlantic and Black Athena, it introduces the construct of the ‘Black Aegean’ as the zone of cultural transmission among Africa, Ancient Greece, and contemporary Europe. Other issues in postcolonial studies, such as the nature of canonical counter-discourse, and the possible identity of the United States as a postcolonial society, are analysed. The chapter also enters into dialogue with recent writers on classical reception, and develops further the theory of classical reception by positing a version of reception that has learnt from deconstruction and so highlights its self-consciousness and recursivity. The final section of the chapter discusses theories of tragedy, supplementing Steiner with Soyinka.

Keywords:   classical reception, postcolonial, tragedy, Steiner, Soyinka, Black Atlantic, Black Athena, Black Aegean, canonical counter-discourse, United States, deconstruction

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