May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson

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This stimulating collection of essays, the first comprehensive critical examination of the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, deals individually with his five major plays and also addresses issues crucial for the role of history, the relationship of African ritual to African American drama, gender relations in the African American community, music and cultural identity, the influence of Romare Bearden's collages, and the politics of drama. With essays by virtually all the scholars ...
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May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essyas on the Drama of August Wilson

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Overview

This stimulating collection of essays, the first comprehensive critical examination of the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, deals individually with his five major plays and also addresses issues crucial for the role of history, the relationship of African ritual to African American drama, gender relations in the African American community, music and cultural identity, the influence of Romare Bearden's collages, and the politics of drama. With essays by virtually all the scholars who have currently published on Wilson along with many established and newer scholars of drama and/or African American literature.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780877454397
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The History Lesson: Authenticity and Anachronism in August Wilson's Plays 9
August Wilson's Burden: The Function of Neoclassical Jazz 21
Speaking of Ma Rainey / Talking about the Blues 51
Filling the Time: Reading History in the Drama of August Wilson 67
Boundaries, Logistics, and Identity: The Property of Metaphor in Fences and Joe Turners' Come and Gone 86
Ghosts on the Piano: August Wilson and the Representation of Black American History 105
American History as "Loud Talking" in Two Trains Running 116
Romare Bearden, August Wilson, and the Traditions of African Performance 133
The Ground on Which I Stand: August Wilson's Perspective on African American Women 150
August Wilson's Women 165
August Wilson's Gender Lesson 183
I Want a Black Director 200
"The Crookeds with the Straights": Fences, Race, and the Politics of Adaptation 205
Annotated Bibliography of Works by and about August Wilson 230
Notes on Contributors 267
Index to the Plays 269
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