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

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

by Philip C. Kolin
     
 

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. A dozen essays address Parks's plays,

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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. A dozen essays address Parks's plays, screenplays and novel. Additionally, this book includes two original interviews (one with Parks and another with her long-time director Liz Diamond) and a production chronology of her plays.

Editorial Reviews

American Theatre
a comprehensive panoramic view of Park's ongoing artistic journey. When you finish the book, you'll feel as though you've been personally introduced to the writer over a long, leisurely dinner and a few glasses of good wine...and that you've heard her sing her life, her art and her love of God, the inner guide for whom she writes
Project Muse
this collection is wide-ranging, informative, and accessible, especially when it come to Parks's rather daunting early plays
Contemporary Women's Writing
conveys the importance of women playwrights from a range of cultural backgrounds, adding not only to our fundamental understanding of the struggles of marginalized and overlooked peoples but also to our comprehension of the complex experiences of American women today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786441679
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/17/2010
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

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)
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)
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)

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