African American Performance and Theater History A Critical Reader

ISBN-10: 0195127250
ISBN-13: 9780195127256
Edition: 2001
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Description: African American Performance and Theater History is an anthology of critical writings that explores the intersections of race, theater, and performance in America. Assembled by two esteemed scholars in black theater, Harry J. Elam, Jr. and David  More...

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List price: $61.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

African American Performance and Theater History is an anthology of critical writings that explores the intersections of race, theater, and performance in America. Assembled by two esteemed scholars in black theater, Harry J. Elam, Jr. and David Krasner, and composed of essays from acknowledged authorities in the field, this anthology is organized into four sections representative of the ways black theater, drama, and performance interact and enact continual social, cultural, and political dialogues. Ranging from a discussion of dramatic performances of Uncle Tom's Cabin to the Black Art Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, articles gathered in the first section, "Social Protest and the Politics of Representation," discuss the ways in which African American theater and performance have operated as social weapons and tools of protest. The second section of the volume, "Cultural Traditions, Cultural Memory and Performance," features, among other essays, Joseph Roach's chronicle of the slave performances at Congo Square in New Orleans and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s critique of August Wilson's cultural polemics. "Intersections of Race and Gender," the third section, includes analyses of the intersections of race and gender on the minstrel stage, the plight of black female choreographers at the inception of Modern Dance, and contemporary representations of black homosexuality by PomoAfro Homo. Using theories of performance and performativity, articles in the fourth section, "African American Performativity and the Performance of Race," probe into the ways blackness and racial identity have been constructed in and through performance. The final section is a round-table assessment of the past and present state of African American Theater and Performance Studies by some of the leading senior scholars in the field--James V. Hatch, Sandra L. Richards, and Margaret B. Wilkerson. Revealing the dynamic relationship between race and theater, this volume illustrates how the social and historical contexts of production critically affect theatrical performances of blackness and their meanings and, at the same time, how African American cultural, social, and political struggles have been profoundly affected by theatrical representations and performances. This one-volume collection is sure to become an important reference for those studying black theater and an engrossing survey for all readers of African American literature.

Acknowledgments
Contributors
African American Performance and Theater History
The Device of Race: An Introduction
Notes
Social Protest and the Politics of Representation
Uncle Tom's Women
Notes
Political Radicalism and Artistic Innovation in the Works of Lorraine Hansberry
Notes
Performance, Neo-Orality, and the Destruction of the "white Thing"
Notes
Beyond a Liberal Audience
Notes
Cultural Traditions, Cultural Memory, and Performance
Reconstructing Congo Square
Notes
The Performativity of Black Women's Faith in the Baptist Church Spiritual Traditions and Its Radical Possibilities for Resistance
Notes
The Chitlin Circuit
A Case Study
Notes
Intersections of Race and Gender
Black Minstrelsy and Double Inversion, Circa 1890
Notes
Exoticism, Dance, and Racial Myths
Notes
Expression of Creative Nomadism and Contemporary African American Playwrights
Notes
The Lessons of Pomo Afro Homos' Dark Fruit
Notes
African American Performativity and the Performance of Race
Acting Out Miscegenation
Notes
The Administration of Race
Notes
The Escape; Or, a Leap to Freedom by William Wells Brown and No Place to Be Somebody by Charles Gordone
Notes
What's at Stake in Gayl Jones's Corregidora
Notes
Roundtable Discussion with Senior Scholars
The State of the Profession, Past, Present, and Future
Change is Coming
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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