The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

Overview

This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Along the way, it chronicles the evolution of African American theatre and its engagement with the wider community, including discussions of slave rebellions on the national stage, African Americans on Broadway, the Harlem Renaissance, African American women dramatists, and the 'New Negro' and 'Black Arts' movements. Leading scholars spotlight the producers, directors, playwrights ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $21.98   
  • New (7) from $21.98   
  • Used (4) from $25.00   
The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$25.00 List Price

Overview

This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Along the way, it chronicles the evolution of African American theatre and its engagement with the wider community, including discussions of slave rebellions on the national stage, African Americans on Broadway, the Harlem Renaissance, African American women dramatists, and the 'New Negro' and 'Black Arts' movements. Leading scholars spotlight the producers, directors, playwrights and actors whose efforts helped to fashion a more accurate appearance of Black life on stage, and reveal the impact of African American theatre both within the United States and further afield. Chapters also address recent theatre productions in the context of political and cultural change and ask where African American theatre is heading in the twenty-first century.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The contributors do not hesitate to question some of the established definitions or to defend original assumptions in order to generate debate and stimulate new discussions.' Cercles
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Harvey Young is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University, where he holds appointments in African American studies, performance studies and theatre. His publications include Embodying Black Experience (2010), winner of the 2011 Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the National Communication Association and the 2011 Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the American Society for Theatre Research. He is also the co-editor of Performance in the Borderlands (2011) and Reimagining 'A Raisin in the Sun': Four New Plays (2012). A past President of the Black Theatre Association, he has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Theatre Research and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction Harvey Young; 1. Slavery, performance, and the design of African American theatre Douglas Jones; 2. Slave rebellions on the national stage Heather Nathans; 3. Early Black Americans on Broadway Monica White Ndounou; 4. Drama in the Harlem Renaissance Soyica Diggs Colbert; 5. The Negro little theatre movement Jonathan Shandell; 6. African American women dramatists, 1930-1960 Adrienne Macki Braconi; 7. Amiri Baraka and the Black arts movement Aimee Zygmonski; 8. Fragmented musicals and 1970s soul aesthetic Samuel O'Connell; 9. Spectacles of whiteness from Adrienne Kennedy to Suzan-Lori Parks Faedra Chatard Carpenter; 10. African American performance and community engagement Nadine George-Graves; 11. Women playwrights who cross cultural borders Sandra Shannon; 12. African diaspora drama Sandra L. Richards; 13. Black theatre in the age of Obama Harry J. Elam, Jr.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)