Black Feminism in Contemporary Drama

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Overview

In tracing black feminism in contemporary drama by black women playwrights, Lisa M. Anderson reviews the history of black feminism through analysis of plays by Pearl Cleage, Glenda Dickerson, Breena Clarke, Kia Corthron, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sharon Bridgforth, and Shirlene Holmes. Black Feminism in Contemporary Drama represents a cross section of women who have diverse writing and performance styles and generational differences that highlight the artistic and political breadth of black feminist theater. Anderson closely investigates each play’s construction and the context of its production, including how the play critiques, shifts, or alters dominant culture stereotypes; how it positions goals of the “community”; and how it engages with the concept of art’s function. She not only discusses what shapes the black feminism of these writers but also points out how the meaning of the term black feminism shifts among them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252032288
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa M. Anderson is an associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University and the author of Mammies No More: The Changing Image of Black Women on Stage and Screen.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
A Black Feminist Theatre Emerges     1
Pearl Cleage's Black Feminism     17
We Are the Daughters of Aunt Jemima: Remembering Black Women's History     35
Battling Images: Suzan-Lori Parks and Black Iconicity     55
Kia Corthron's Everyday Black Women     76
Signifying Black Lesbians: Dramatic Speculations     95
A Black Feminist Aesthetic     115
Notes     127
Bibliography     133
Index     141
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