Public Theatre and the Enslaved People of Colonial Saint-Domingue (Hardcover)

Public Theatre and the Enslaved People of Colonial Saint-Domingue By Julia Prest Cover Image

Public Theatre and the Enslaved People of Colonial Saint-Domingue (Hardcover)

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The French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) was home to one of the richest public theatre traditions of the colonial-era Caribbean. This book examines the relationship between public theatre and the enslaved people of Saint-Domingue--something that is generally given short shrift owing to a perceived lack of documentation. Here, a range of materials and methodologies are used to explore pressing questions including the 'mitigated spectatorship' of the enslaved, portrayals of enslaved people in French and Creole repertoire, the contributions of enslaved people to theatre-making, and shifting attitudes during the revolutionary era. The book demonstrates that slavery was no mere backdrop to this portion of theatre history but an integral part of its story. It also helps recover the hidden experiences of some of the enslaved individuals who became entangled in that story.

Product Details ISBN: 9783031226908
ISBN-10: 3031226909
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: April 15th, 2023
Pages: 278
Language: English