August Wilson and Black Aesthetics

Authors: Shannon, S., Williams, D.

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This book offers new essays and interviews addressing Wilson's work, ranging from examinations of the presence of Wilson's politics in his plays to the limitations of these politics on contemporary interpretations of Black aesthetics. Also includes an updated introduction assessing Wilson's legacy since his death in 2005.

About the authors

Dana Williams is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Howard University. Sandra Shannon is Professor of African American and American Drama at Howard University.

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"A cogent and timely reminder of the tacit assumptions and invisible inflections that critics and audiences bring to theatrical experience. In this nuanced and richly variegated collection of perspectives on Wilson s importantly controversial The Ground on Which I Stand speech, Williams and Shannon have produced a dynamic exploration of black aesthetics and contemporary theater, which provides a fitting tribute to Wilson s memory and to his spirit." - Alan Nadel, author of May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson, Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle"Registers the continuing significance of the playwright s 1996 speech that shocked American theatre critics with its echoes of a 1960s Black Arts militancy. In addition to analysis of specific Wilson texts and his construction of black female characters, this lively collection includes two previously unpublished interviews, one with Charles Dutton, who played the male lead in three Wilson plays, and a second with Wilson himself in which he muses about projects he will pursue once the ten-play cycle is completed. Capping the volume is a play that demonstrates how Wilson s spirituality and activism inspires a generation of younger black women playwrights." - Sandra L. Richards, Professor, Northwestern University


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Williams, Dana A.

  • The Development of African American Dramatic Theory: W.E.B. DuBois to August Wilson—Hand to Hand!

    Pages 11-36

    Pinkney, Mikell

  • Rita Dove’s Mother Love: Revising the Black Aesthetic through the Lens of Western Discourse

    Pages 37-48

    Walters, Tracey L.

  • The Ifa Paradigm: Reading the Spirit in Tina McElroy Ansa’s Baby of the Family

    Pages 49-62

    Montgomery, Georgene Bess

  • Just ‘Cause (or Just Cause): On August Wilson’s Case for a Black Theater

    Pages 63-77

    White, John Valery

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
August Wilson and Black Aesthetics
Authors
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8118-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4039-8118-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6406-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11301-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 225
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