Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays

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Kathy A. Perkins
Routledge, 1998 - Drama - 177 pages
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This anthology focuses exclusively on the lives of Black South African women. It represents the work of national and international award-winning authors such as Geina Mhlope, Fatima Dike, Duma Ndlovu, Swindiwe Magona and Maishe Maponya, alongside the work of notable emerging writers including Lueen Conning, Ismail Mahomed, Thulani Mtshali, Muthal Naidoo and Magi Williams. The collection includes six full-length and four one-act plays, as well as interviews with the playwrights, who candidly discuss the theatrical and political situation in the new South Africa. It represents an array of men and womens voices, dramatising issues as diverse as: womens rights; displacement from home; violence against women; the struggle to keep families together; racial identity; education in the old and new South Africa; and health care. Written before and after apartheid, the plays present varying approaches and theatrical styles from solo performances to collective creations.

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This is the first anthology of plays to focus on the lives of contemporary black South African women. Editor Perkins (theater, Univ. of Illinois) has collected ten works ranging from protest plays of ... Read full review

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Kathy A. Perkins is a professor of theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her publications include Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays, Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women, and several other anthologies of plays.

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