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Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on the Plays and Other Works

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The first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Suzan-Lori Parks has received international recognition for her provocative and influential works. Her plays capture the nightmares of African Americans endangered by a white establishment determined to erase their history and eradicate their dreams. This collection of twelve original essays addresses Parks's plays, their historical and philosophical roots, her novel and her screenplays, as well as a production chronology of her plays. In ...

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Overview

The first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Suzan-Lori Parks has received international recognition for her provocative and influential works. Her plays capture the nightmares of African Americans endangered by a white establishment determined to erase their history and eradicate their dreams. This collection of twelve original essays addresses Parks's plays, their historical and philosophical roots, her novel and her screenplays, as well as a production chronology of her plays. In addition this volume offers two original interviews, one with Parks and another with her long-time director Liz Diamond.

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What People Are Saying

Una Chaudhuri
...Parks emerges from these pages as the national mythmaker, the unbounded intellect, and the fearless visionary she is. (Una Chaudhuri, New York University)
Harry J. Elam Jr.
...Comprehensive...consider[s] the eclectic and prolific Parks with careful detail and fresh insight...an important new study. (Harry J. Elam, Jr., Stanford University)
Sandra G. Shannon
...A most effective presentation of the depth, breadth, and diversity of Parks's writings...one of America's most influential playwrights of this century. (Sandra G. Shannon, Howard University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441679
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip C. Kolin is the University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches classes in American drama and Shakespeare. He has published more than 40 books and 200 articles.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Puck's Magic Mojo: The Achievements of Suzan-Lori Parks Philip C. Kolin Kolin, Philip C. 7

Everything and Nothing: The Political and Religious Nature of Suzan-Lori Parks's "Radical Inclusion" Rena Fraden Fraden, Rena 20

"Jazzing" Time, Love, and the Female Self in Three Early Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks Jacqueline Wood Wood, Jacqueline 34

"You one of uh mines?" Dis(re)membering in Suzan-Lori Parks's Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom Philip C. Kolin Kolin, Philip C. 45

Sampling and Remixing: Hip Hop and Parks's History Plays Nicole Hodges Persley Persley, Nicole Hodges 65

"For the Love of the Venus": Suzan-Lori Parks, Richard Foreman, and the Premiere of Venus Shawn-Marie Garrett Garrett, Shawn-Marie 76

"A Full Refund Aint Enough": Money in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays Jon Dietrick Dietrick, Jon 88

Does Reshuffling the Cards Change the Game? Structures of Play in Parks's Topdog/Underdog Jochen Achilles Achilles, Jochen 103

Suzan-Lori Parks's 365 Days/365 Plays: A (W)hole New Approach to Theatre Jennifer Larson Larson, Jennifer 124

Parks and the Traumas of Childhood Christine Woodworth Woodworth, Christine 140

Demeter, Persephone and Willa Mae Beede: Suzan-Lori Parks Gets Mother's Body Glenda Dicker/Sun Dicker/Sun, Glenda 156

The Unconscious and Metaphors in Suzan-Lori Parks's Screenplays of Girl 6 and Their Eyes Were Watching God Charlene Regester Regester, Charlene 169

An Interview with Suzan-Lori Parks Shawn-Marie Garrett Garrett, Shawn-Marie 181

A Parks Remix: An Interview with Liz Diamond Faedra Chatard Carpenter Carpenter, Faedra Chatard 191

A Production History of the Works of Suzan-Lori Parks Richard E. Kramer Kramer, Richard E. 203

About the Contributors 207

Index 211

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