Understanding August Wilsonby University of South Carolina Press
August Wilson counts among America's greatest playwrights, having garnered commercial success and critical acclaim. Understanding August Wilson provides a comprehensive view of the thematic structure of Wilson's plays, the placement of his plays within the context of American drama, and the distinctively African American experiences that Wilson dramatizes.
In this critical study Mary L. Bogumil argues that Wilson gives voice to disfranchised and marginalized African Americans who have been promised a place and a stake in the American dream but find their access blocked to the rights and freedoms promised to all Americans. The author maintains that Wilson wishes not only to portray African Americans and the predicaments of American life but also to shed light on the atavistic connection African Americans have to their African ancestors.
Included here are chapters on Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars. Bogumil asserts that in these works Wilson presents readers with a decade-by-decade portrait of African American life, capturing this culture's spirit and voice.
- University of South Carolina Press
- Publication date:
- Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series
- Product dimensions:
- 5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Meet the Author
Mary L. Bogumil is an associate professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, holding a dual appointment in the Departments of English and Theatre. Her previous scholarship on African American literature has appeared in College English, Theatre Journal, the American Journal of Semiotics, and the Cambridge Companion to August Wilson.
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