The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1916 Tuesday, 9 November 1999.
Date: Friday, 05 Nov 1999 14:58:06 -0500
Subject: 10.1898 Shakespeare in the Caribbean
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1898 Shakespeare in the Caribbean
Funny you should ask. A couple of articles might be useful. Cesaire and
Shakespeare: Two Tempests, by A. James Arnold in Comparative Literature,
Summer 1978, No. 3 and Caribbean and African Appropriations of The
Tempest by Rob Nixon in Critical Inquiry 13 (Spring 1987).
My thesis, which is in its very beginning stage, is to be a performance
history of 18th century productions of Shakespeare in the Caribbean.
From my reading I've found that theatre was alive and well, particularly
in Jamaica, and that productions could be seen in theatres, on
plantations. They were performed by professional actors from England,
amateur colonials and slaves. Apparently Richard III was popular. See
Michael Scott's Tom Cringle's Log, Dent: London, Everyman's Library and
Richardson Wright's Revels in Jamaica 1682-1838, Bolivar Press: Jamaica,
As I mentioned, I'm at the very beginning of this project and would be
happy to receive the benefit of subscribers' knowledge. Thanks in