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by Rita Dove
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- Reading the Scars: Rita Dove's The Darker Face of the Earth
- "Rita Dove's The Darker Face of the Earth is a recounting of the Oedipus drama, framed in terms of the African-American experience of slavery. It is a poet's reading of Oedipus the King, resonating with the beauty and richness of the ancient images and the harrowing dynamics of the mythic plot. Like the original, Dove's play draws on a transcendent power, a dynamic that is at once erotic, compassionate, and creative. The play as a whole, set on a pre-Civil War plantation near Charleston, South Carolina, is a reading not only of the Oedipus myth but also and in particular of the reality of slavery in the American past. In looking at that history, and at those scars that continue to 'write' the circumstances of the present, this reading is endowed with both compassion and clearheaded responsibility to face and recognize the horrors as well as the richness implicit in the past."
- Contains: Content Analysis
- Author: Theodora Carlisle
- From: African American Review Spring, 2000
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