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Senegalese Stagecraft: Decolonizing Theater-Making in Francophone Africa
by Brian Valente-Quinn
Northwestern University Press, 2021
Paper: 978-0-8101-4365-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-4366-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-4367-8
Library of Congress Classification PN3000.S38V35 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.096630904

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Senegalese Stagecraft explores the theatrical stage in Senegal as a site of poetic expression, political activism, and community engagement. In their responses to the country’s colonial heritage, as well as through their innovations on the craft of theater-making, Senegalese performers have created an array of decolonizing stage spaces that have shaped the country’s theater history. Their work has also addressed a global audience, experimenting with international performance practices while proposing new visions of the role of culture and stagecraft in society.
 
Through a study of the innovative work of Senegalese theater-makers from the 1930s onward, Senegalese Stagecraft explores a wide range of historical contexts and themes, including French colonial education, cultural Pan-Africanism, West African Sufism, uses of television and mass media, and popular theater and activism. Using a multidisciplinary approach that includes field, archival, and literary methods, Valente-Quinn offers a fresh look at performance cultures of West Africa and the Global South in a book that will interest students and scholars in African, Francophone, and performance studies.
 
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