In the Prison of their Skins: Performing Race in Caribbean Theatre

Okagbue, Osita. 2021. In the Prison of their Skins: Performing Race in Caribbean Theatre. In: Tiziana Morosetti and Osita Okagbue, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Race. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 239-254. ISBN 9783030439569 [Book Section]

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This chapter contextualizes discourses of race in the ‘New World’ arguing that, while the category of ‘race’ has itself been disqualified by contemporary scientific thinking, race and racism remain a long-lasting issue and presence in diasporic contexts, where racialist thinking still affects people of colour specifically, both psychologically and materially. Examining three playwrights in particular, Derek Walcott from St Lucia, Dennis Scott and Trevor Rhone from Jamaica, this chapter reveals the continued presence and influence of race as a marker of difference as well as a measure of social positioning in post-slavery and postcolonial Caribbean society.

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race, racism, Derek Walcott, Dennis Scott, Trevor Rhone

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)
Theatre and Performance (TAP) > The Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing (PCPCW)


20 May 2021Published

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28 May 2020 10:22

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09 Jun 2021 23:18


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