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date: 25 June 2019

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This chapter examines Agostinho Olavo’s representation of space, race, and identity in Além do Rio (Medea) (1961), an adaption of Euripides’ Medea to the context of African slave traffic in seventeenth-century Brazil. By darkening and placing Medea in a modern environment, the Brazilian playwright explores, among other issues, the role racial constructs play in shaping, establishing, and preserving particular social spaces and racial hierarchies. In the case of Brazil, he goes on to examine some of the strategies Afro-descendants have developed to challenge particular racial orders and expose the discourses behind the myth of racial democracy in the country.

Keywords: Afro-Brazilian, Agostinho Olavo, racial democracy, theater, space, identity

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