Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: An Octoroon (2302 words)


American dramatist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (born 1984) has said that he thinks of “genre or old forms” as “interesting artifacts that invite a kind of archeology of seeing” (qtd. in Foster, 2019: 1). His interest in excavating earlier texts and styles of performance to critique assumptions, especially racial assumptions, and values prevalent in contemporary America is apparent in many of his plays. In Neighbors (2010) he revisits minstrel shows, and in Appropriate (2014) American family drama; in Everybody (2017) he adapts Everyman and in Girls (2019) Euripides’s The Bacchae. An Octoroon (2014) is an adaptation o…

Citation: Foster, Verna Ann. "An Octoroon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 September 2019 [, accessed 09 August 2022.]

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