Colonial-era Caribbean theatre: issues in research, writing and methodology

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Cutting across a range of perceived academic boundaries, this volume brings together scholars from different disciplines who have explored together the richness of colonial-era Caribbean theatre. The volume offers a series of essays that showcase individual expertise in light of broader group discussions. Asking how we can research effectively and write responsibly about colonial-era Caribbean theatre today, our primary concern is methodology. Key questions are examined with reference to individual case studies on topics ranging from Cuban blackface, commedia dell’arte in Suriname and Jamaican oratorio to travelling performers and the influence of the military and of enslaved people on theatre in Saint-Domingue. Specifically, we ask what particular methodological challenges we as scholars of colonial-era Caribbean theatre face and what methodological solutions we can find to meet those challenges. Areas addressed include our linguistic limitations in the face of Caribbean multilingualism; issues raised by national, geographical or imperial approaches; the vexed relationship between metropole and colony; and, crucially, gaps in the archive. We also ask what implications our findings have for theatre performance today – a question that has led to the creation of a new work set in a colonial theatre and which is outlined in the volume’s concluding chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLiverpool
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781837644810
ISBN (Print)9781837645039
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023


  • Theatre
  • Caribbean
  • Colonial-era
  • Saint-Domingue
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Methodology
  • Suriname
  • New Orleans


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