This book explores contemporary African adaptations of classical Greek tragedies. Six South African and Nigerian dramatic texts – by Yael Farber, Mark Fleishman, Athol Fugard, Femi Osofisan, and Wole Soyinka – are analysed through the thematic lens of resistance, revolution, reconciliation, and mourning.
The opening chapters focus on plays that mobilize Greek tragedy to inspire political change, discussing how Sophocles’ heroine Antigone is reconfigured as a freedom fighter and how Euripides’ Dionysos is transformed into a revolutionary leader.
The later chapters shift the focus to plays that explore the costs and consequences of political change, examining how the cycle of violence dramatized in Aeschylus’
Oresteia trilogy acquires relevance in post-apartheid South Africa, and how the mourning of Euripides’
Trojan Women resonates in and beyond Nigeria.
Throughout, the emphasis is on how playwrights, through adaptation, perform a cultural politics directed at the Europe that has traditionally considered ancient Greece as its property, foundation, and legitimization. Van Weyenberg additionally discusses how contemporary African reworkings of Greek tragedies invite us to reconsider how we think about the genre of tragedy and about the cultural process of adaptation.
Against George Steiner’s famous claim that tragedy has died, this book demonstrates that Greek tragedy holds relevance today. But it also reveals that adaptations do more than simply keeping the texts they draw on alive: through adaptation, playwrights open up a space for politics. In this dynamic between adaptation and pre-text, the politics of adaptation is performed.
on this collapse from other places.' 2. Real and Reel Life in Hong Kong - Film Studies of Cultural Adaptation? JOHN H. WEAKLAND Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, U.S.A. It might seem inappropriate to couple the serious interest of scholars with the fascination Hong Kong exerts over countless
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Environmental Change and African Societies contributes to current debates on global climate change from the perspectives of the social sciences and the humanities. It charts past and present environmental change in different African settings and also discusses policies and scenarios for the future. The first section, “Ideas”, enquires into local perceptions of the environment, followed by contributions on historical cases of environmental change and state regulation. The section “Present” addresses decision-making and agenda-setting processes related to current representations and/or predicted effects of climate change. The section “Prospects” is concerned with contemporary African megatrends. The authors move across different scales of investigation, from locally-grounded ethnographic analyses to discussions on continental trends and international policy.
Contributors are: Daniel Callo-Concha, Joy Clancy, Manfred Denich, Sara de Wit, Ton Dietz, Irit Eguavoen, Ben Fanstone, Ingo Haltermann, Laura Jeffrey, Emmanuel Kreike, Vimbai Kwashirai, James C. McCann, Bertrand F. Nero, Jonas Ø. Nielsen, Erick G. Tambo, Julia Tischler.
295 BOOK REVIEWS Nobuo K. Shimahara, Adaptation and Education in Japan. New York, Praeger, 1979, ix, 190 pp. Tables, Figures, Appendix, Bibliography, Index. $22.95. Adaptation and Education in Japan attempts to provide an anthropological and sociological interpretation of Japanese society and
seminar convened by Professors Hilda and Leo Kuper, co-editors of this volume, which brought together social scientists and legally trained specialists to discuss adaptation and change in African customary law under modern conditions. Traditionally lawyers and anthropologists approached customary law in
Overexploitation of natural resources is often associated with poverty among local populations. A multi-disciplinary team studied artisanal fishers along the Kenyan coast on the Indian Ocean. The main focus of the research was on income diversification of fishers, the pressure on marine resources and the relation between the two. Income diversification did not reduce the pressure on the marine environment. Rather, indications are that many part-time fishers are entering the profession. Moreover, fishers with alternative employment stayed in-shore and used damaging gear more often. Policies to stimulate employment opportunities for coastal communities cannot be expected to lessen the pressure on marine resources and need to be planned carefully in terms of industry location, labour requirements and degree of coastal pollution.
accelerated in unequal ways certain major adaptations in settlement organisation, which had been underway since the fifth century BCE , when first Etruscan and Greek and later Celtic influences modified indigenous dynamics. Even if the gradual establishment of more consistently structured agglomerations
regions of Tanzania to establish dance troupes (Edmondson 2010). The acrobatics and circus components noticeable in Tanzania’s ngoma at present are not just a gradual or accretive process of random adaptation, but a product of these conscious initiatives orchestrated by Nyerere. Despite the fact that
period. The municipal policy pursued by the Flavian emperors included the concession of the ius Latii to all Hispanic communities; in many ways, this concession may be regarded as the culmination of the process of adaptation and negotiation that took place in Hispania, and the assumption of a new