Playing for Life: Performance in Africa in the Age of AIDS
Louise M. BourgaultISBN: 0890891257;
Book DescriptionPlaying for Life is a survey of African performance that uses the focal lens of AIDS performances to examine performance more generally on the African continent. The aim of Playing for Life is threefold. First, the work attempts to provide an introduction to the study of Africa through performance suitable for undergraduate students. Second, it attempts to supply a sampling of Africa's rich performative resources. And third, it tries to show how Africans are working to harness the energy of performance to help solve the most terrible of contemporary problems, the AIDS pandemic. This book focuses chiefly on the AIDS epidemic/AIDS performances in two African countries, South Africa and Mali. The choice is a reflective of a need to provide at least two different case views of African performance and African performative response to the AIDS crisis. The countries, so divergent from one another by most social indicators??economy, religion, geography and...
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