African American performance and theater history : a critical reader / edited by Harry J. Elam, Jr., David Krasner

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Subjects: African American theater
American drama--African American authors--History and criticism
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
LC Classification: P, PN
Physical Description: xiv, 367 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Table of Contents: Contributors
The Device of Race: An Introduction / Harry J. Elam, Jr. 3
Pt. I. Social Protest and the Politics of Representation 17
1. Uncle Tom's Women / Judith Williams 19
2. Political Radicalism and Artistic Innovation in the Works of Lorraine Hansberry / Margaret B. Wilkerson 40
3. The Black Arts Movement: Performance, Neo-Orality, and the Destruction of the "White Thing" / Mike Sell 56
4. Beyond a Liberal Audience / William Sonnega 81
Pt. II. Cultural Traditions, Cultural Memory, and Performance 99
5. Deep Skin: Reconstructing Congo Square / Joseph R. Roach 101
6. "Calling on the Spirit": The Performativity of Black Women's Faith in the Baptist Church Spiritual Traditions and Its Radical Possibilities for Resistance / Telia U. Anderson 114
7. The Chitlin Circuit / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 132
8. Audience and Africanisms in August Wilson's Dramaturgy: A Case Study / Sandra G. Shannon 149
Pt. III. Intersections of Race and Gender 169
9. Black Minstrelsy and Double Inversion, Circa 1890 / Annemarie Bean 171
10. Black Salome: Exoticism, Dance, and Racial Myths / David Krasner 192
11. Uh Tiny Land Mass Just Outside of My Vocabulary: Expression of Creative Nomadism and Contemporary African American Playwrights / Kimberly D. Dixon 212
12. Attending Walt Whitman High: The Lessons of Pomo Afro Homos' Dark Fruit / Jay Plum 235
Pt. IV. African American Performativity and the Performance of Race 249
13. Acting Out Miscegenation / Diana R. Paulin 251
14. Birmingham's Federal Theater Project Negro Unit: The Administration of Race / Tina Redd 271
15. The Black Performer and the Performance of Blackness: The Escape; or, A Leap to Freedom by William Wells Brown and No Place To Be Somebody by Charles Gordone / Harry J. Elam, Jr. 288
16. The Costs of Re-Membering: What's at Stake in Gayl Jones's Corregidora / Christina E. Sharpe 306
Pt. V. Roundtable Discussion with Senior Scholars 329
17. African American Theater: The State of the Profession, Past, Present, and Future / , 331
Afterword: Change Is Coming / David Krasner 345
Selected Bibliography 351
Index 357
Additional Authors: Elam, Harry Justin
Krasner, David, 1952-
Notes: LCCN: 00022463
ISBN: 0195127242 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0195127250 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Contents: The device of race: an introduction / Harry J. Elam, Jr. -- Uncle Tom's women / Judith Williams -- Political radicalism and artistic innovation in the works of Lorraine Hansberry / Margaret B. Wilkerson -- The Black arts movement: performance, neo-orality, and the destruction of the "white thing" / Mike Sell -- Beyond a liberal audience / William Sonnega -- Deep skin: reconstructing Congo Square / Joseph R. Roach -- "Calling on the Spirit": the performativity of Black women's faith in the Baptist church spiritual traditions and its radical possibilities for resistance / Telia U. Anderson -- The chitlin circuit / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- Audience and Africanisms in August Wilson's dramaturgy: a case study / Sandra G. Shannon -- Black minstrelsy and double inversion, circa 1890 / Annemarie Bean -- Black Salome: exoticism, dance, and racial myths / David Krasner -- Uh tiny land mass just outside of my vocabulary: expression of creative nomadism and contemporary African American playwrights / Kimberly D. Dixon -- Attending Walt Whitman High: the lessons of Pomo Afro Homos' Dark fruit / Jay Plum -- Acting out miscegenation / Diana R. Paulin -- Birmingham's Federal Theater Project Negro Unit: the administration of race / Tina Redd -- The Black performer and the performance of blackness: The escape; or, A leap to freedom by William Wells Brown and No place to be somebody by Charles Gordone / Harry J. Elam, Jr. -- The costs of re-membering: what's at stake in Gayl Jone's Corregidora / Christina E. Sharpe -- African American theater: the state of the profession, past, present, and future / roundtable discussion edited by Harry J. Elam, Jr., and David Krasner -- Afterword: change is coming / David Krasner
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-356) and index
OCLC Number: 43333701
ISBN/ISSN: 0195127242