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Aristotle and black drama; a theater of civil disobedience.


Aristotle and black drama; a theater of civil disobedience.

Rankine, Patrice D.

Baylor University Press


254 pages




One way to gauge the success of a discipline is to compare it to the classics. Rankine (classics, dean of arts and humanities, Hope College) does a skillful job of comparing Aristotle and black drama, with one surprising side effect: the struggle for civil rights. Civil disobedience, which exists at the core of civil rights, resonates particularly with Aristotelian traditions, performance, and resistance. Rankine also examines the classical origins of civil disobedience, the Oepedical story, the "perfect play," racial intent and dramatic form, and freedom songs and metaphors of the dawn in Aristotle. Distributed in the US by Hopkins Fulfillment Services.

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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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