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Black Radical Tragic"Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution"$
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Jeremy Matthew Glick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479844425

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479844425.001.0001

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Bringing in the Chorus

Bringing in the Chorus

The Haitian Revolution Plays of C.L.R. James and Edouard Glissant

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Black Radical Tragic

Jeremy Matthew Glick

NYU Press

This chapter examines the concept of hamartia in C.L.R. James’s revision of his play Toussaint Louverture (1936)—renamed The Black Jacobins—and Edouard Glissant’s Monsieur Toussaint: A Play (1961) as case studies to explore the use of the tragic to talk about the problems of revolutionary leadership. I discuss Mozart and Bertolt Brecht in relationship to C.L.R. James’s Haitian revolutionary dramas. I focus on a critical and theoretical discussion of the friendship between Paul Robeson and C.L.R. James and questions of Black masculinity and performance as it relates to their collaboration.

Keywords:   C.L.R. James, Edouard Glissant, hamartia, Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht

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