The Folk in Caribbean Theatre

Authored by: Louis Regis

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  June  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415485777
eBook ISBN: 9780203830352
Adobe ISBN: 9781136821745


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The most important single process in the evolution of anglophone West Indian theatre is the dialectical resolution of the historical opposition between traditional performances of the folk and formal theatre practices of the elites. The ‘folk’ are the broad masses of people, largely of African and Asiatic descent, who have been assimilated into the cultural mainstream but who retain ancestral cultural practices. The elites are the European-descended members of the propertied classes and the inter-racial group of bureaucrats and managers who control the complex of super-structural institutions by which the colonial society was governed and the present neo-colonial society is administered.

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