The Spectre of the Slave Ship: Caryl Phillips’s Adaptation for the Stage of Rough Crossings by Simon Schama

Pinnock, Winsome (2018) The Spectre of the Slave Ship: Caryl Phillips’s Adaptation for the Stage of Rough Crossings by Simon Schama. Writing in Practice, 4, ISSN (print) 2058-5535

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Abstract

The representation onstage of traumatic historical events is met with various challenges: for example, the conventions of dramaturgy may humanize the perpetrators of wide-scale criminal acts through the requirement for complex characterization; there is a risk of misrepresentation when the fictional content diverges from reality. There is also the problem of archival silence around those who were the victims of atrocities such as the slave trade. Caryl Phillips's adaptation of Simon Schama's Rough Crossings demonstrates the way in which dramaturgical strategies can be deployed to confront some of these challenges by rejecting the concept of authenticity altogether. His play also shows how this dramaturgical intervention can offset the limitations of the archive in order to retrieve the lost voices of the enslaved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hauntology, slave trade, abolition, postcolonialism, dramaturgy, adaptation
Research Area: Drama, dance and performing arts
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts, Culture and Communication
Depositing User: Winsome Pinnock
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 14:09
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2018 11:02
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/41111

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