The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson (Google eBook)

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University of Michigan Press, 2006 - Performing Arts - 287 pages
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/divDIVPulitzer-prizewinning playwright August Wilson, author of Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and The Piano Lesson, among other dramatic works, is one of the most well respected American playwrights on the contemporary stage. The founder of the Black Horizon Theater Company, his self-defined dramatic project is to review twentieth-century African American history by creating a play for each decade.
/divDIVTheater scholar and critic Harry J. Elam examines Wilson's published plays within the context of contemporary African American literature and in relation to concepts of memory and history, culture and resistance, race and representation. Elam finds that each of Wilson's plays recaptures narratives lost, ignored, or avoided to create a new experience of the past that questions the historical categories of race and the meanings of blackness.
/divDIVHarry J. Elam, Jr. is Professor of Drama at Stanford University and author of Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka (The University of Michigan Press).
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Contents

A Meditation in Four Beats
1
Chapter 1 The Music Is the Message
27
Chapter 2 Fools and Babes
57
Chapter 3 The Woman Question
88
Chapter 4 Men of August
127
Resurrecting the Spirit
166
Chapter 6 The Rhetoric of Resistance by Way of Conclusion
215
An Epilogue
232
Notes
247
Selected Bibliography
271
Index
281
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