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Bernard Dadié

(b. 1916)

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Africa

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(South of the Sahara)

1. Oral Literature

The ‘Dark Continent’, the terra incognita of 18th‐ and 19th‐c. European explorers, invaders, and colonizers, was believed to have...

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African Publishing Houses

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Book‐publishing is in crisis in most African countries. The deepening economic recession and chronic balance‐of‐payments problems have taken a severe toll on publishing and book...

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Aleksandr Kurbas

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1887–1937)

Ukrainian/Soviet director whose career began as an actor in 1912. His first directorial experiments were in Kiev (1917), where he anticipated the avant-garde...

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Centre Culturel et Folklorique de Côte d'Ivoire

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Cultural association founded in 1953 in Abidjan by a group of Ivorian writers and professionals including the dramatists F. J. Amon d'Aby and Bernard Dadié. Of its four divisions—theatre,...

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French African theatre (sub-Saharan)

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Unlike the British, who used a policy in Africa of indirect rule, the French aimed to create French citizens out of the natives of their colonies. This had serious implications ...

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Jean-Marie Serreau

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(b. Poitiers, France, 28 April 1915; d. Paris, 1 June 1973)

Director. Formed by Dullin and strongly marked by Brecht, he staged Adamov, Ionesco and Beckett, and linked the absurd...

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