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Wild Man from BorneoA Cultural History of the Orangutan$
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Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837143

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001

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Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Orangutans on Stage and Screen

Chapter:
(p.156) 7 Monkey Business
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Wild Man from Borneo
Author(s):

Robert Cribb

Helen Gilbert

Helen Tiffin

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0007

This chapter presents the Jocko, ou le singe du Brésil, a popular drama drawn substantially on existing representations of orangutans. Jocko parodies and singeries (the act of “aping”) rapidly appeared in a variety of French venues, often attributed to fictitious authors such as Sapajou or Monsieur Monkey. Jocko was not by any means the first performance to harness the theatrical potential of simian roles. Like other literary fictions, this form of theater (man-monkey) cared little for specificity when it came to representing orangutans or other primates, and even less for realistic plots. Yet, being an embodied art form, stage performance could never escape entirely into the imaginary realm as literature could; it was confined, but also energized, by the insistent presence of the actor.

Keywords:   Jocko, singeries, aping, Sapajou, Monsieur Monkey, literary fictions, orangutans, man-monkey

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