The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

by Harvey Young
     
 

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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,

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.

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'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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107602755
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
944,602
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.59(d)

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.

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