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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
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Jeremy Matthew Glick

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479844425.003.0004

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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