African American Theatre: An Historical and Critical Analysis / Edition 1

African American Theatre: An Historical and Critical Analysis / Edition 1

by Samuel A. Hay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521465850

ISBN-13: 9780521465854

Pub. Date: 03/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A landmark work in the study of Black theater and drama, African American Theatre offers the first comprehensive history of a major cultural phenomenon until now too often neglected. In this fast-paced investigation, Hay seeks out the origins of Black theater in social protest, as envisioned by W.E.B. Dubois, and as a formal branch of arts theater. Divided between

Overview

A landmark work in the study of Black theater and drama, African American Theatre offers the first comprehensive history of a major cultural phenomenon until now too often neglected. In this fast-paced investigation, Hay seeks out the origins of Black theater in social protest, as envisioned by W.E.B. Dubois, and as a formal branch of arts theater. Divided between these opposing forces--the activist and the artistic--Black theater, Hay argues, faced conflicts of identity whose traces still haunt the medium today. African American Theatre thus offers a means of locating Black theater in the larger context of American theater and in the continuum of African American history from the nineteenth century to the present--and in doing so offers a profile of dramatic expression shaped and scarred by the forces of repression, of self-affirmation, and of subversion. Sweeping in scope, original in approach and provocatively written, this important book mines the origins and influences directing Black theater, while charting a course for its future survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521465854
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; The black experience school of drama; The black arts school of drama; Theatre people: some splendid examples; The governance of theatre organisations; Development; Conclusion; Appendices.

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