In Search of a Model for African-American Drama: A Study of Selected Plays by Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, and Ntozake Shange

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University Press of America, 2000 - Drama - 248 pages
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In Search of a Model for African-American Drama, is a comparative study of how these three dramatists seek and devise new models to address the specific conditions of Blacks in America. Each writer relies on a different approach, each powerful, yet apparently contradictory. The author examines the dramatists' work in detail, exploring common and contrasting themes and models.
 

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Contents

From Invisibility to Reevaluation
1
Realistic Mythic Idealistic Hansberry and the African Image
27
Violence and Sacrificial Rebirth Barakas Ritual Drama
69
Communal to Individual Poetic Licensing in Shanges Drama
123
Ritualizing the Black Theatre
171
Directions and Counter Directions
189
Selected Bibliography
215
INDEX
237
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Philip Uko Effiong has taught English, Literature, Drama, Writing, and Cultural Studies at the University of Calabar, Nigeria; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; the University of Tennessee, Martin; the University of Delaware, Newark; and Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.

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