August Wilson and Black Aesthetics [NOOK Book]

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August Wilson and Black Aesthetics offers new essays that address issues raised in Wilson's "The Ground on Which I Stand" speech. Essays and interviews range from examinations of the presence of Wilson's politics in his plays to the limitations of these politics on contemporary interpretations of Black aesthetics. Also included is Sybil Roberts' A Liberating Prayer: A Lovesong for Mumia, that, for two seasons, has played to sold out houses, but that until now has not been ...

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Overview

August Wilson and Black Aesthetics offers new essays that address issues raised in Wilson's "The Ground on Which I Stand" speech. Essays and interviews range from examinations of the presence of Wilson's politics in his plays to the limitations of these politics on contemporary interpretations of Black aesthetics. Also included is Sybil Roberts' A Liberating Prayer: A Lovesong for Mumia, that, for two seasons, has played to sold out houses, but that until now has not been published.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230257306
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/21/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dana Williams is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Howard University. Sandra Shannon is Professor of African American and American Drama at Howard University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
I Black aesthetics as theory, art, and ideology 9
2 The development of African American dramatic theory : W. E. B. DuBois to August Wilson - hand to hand! 11
3 Rita Dove's mother love : revising the black aesthetic through the lens of Western discourse 37
4 The Ifa paradigm : reading the spirit in Tina McElroy Ansa's Baby of the family 49
5 Just 'cause (or just cause) : on August Wilson's case for a black theater 63
II Black aesthetics and interdisciplinary black arts 79
6 "Keeping it real" : August Wilson and hip-hop 81
7 Giving voice and vent to African American culture : Katherine Dunham's struggle for cultural ownership in Mambo (1954) 97
8 The Mumia project : theater activism at Howard University 115
III August Wilson's plays and black aesthetics 127
9 Phantom limbs dancing juba rites in August Wilson's Joe Turner's come and gone and The piano lesson 129
10 Speaking of voice and August Wilson's women 145
11 Using black rage to elucidate African and African American identity in August Wilson's Joe Turner's come and gone (1911) 159
IV Current, unpublished interviews that speak to aesthetic issues raised in "The ground on which I stand" 175
12 The ground on which he stands : Charles S. Dutton on August Wilson 177
13 A conversation with August Wilson 187
App A liberating prayer : a lovesong for Mumia 197
Afterword : August Wilson and black aesthetics 223
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