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Their Place on the Stage Black Women Playwrights in America

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ISBN-10: 0275935663

ISBN-13: 9780275935665

Edition: N/A

Authors: Elizabeth Brown-Guillory

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This important contribution to African American and women's studies analyzes the dramatic works of America's black women playwrights. The plays of such writers as Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, and Ntozake Shange are examined in light of the tradition from which they emerged. Brown-Guillory begins by tracing the development of African American theater with its roots in African theatrics, then moves on to discuss women playwrights of the Harlem Renaissance such as Angelina Weld Grimke, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Georgia Douglas Johnson, May Miller, Mary Burrill, Myrtle Smith Livingston, Ruth Gaines-Shelton, Eulalie Spence, and Marita Bonner. Though rarely anthologized and infrequently made the subject of critical interpretation, asserts the author, the plays of these early twentieth-century black women offer much to the American theater in the way of content, tonal and structural form, characterization, as well as dialogue, and were instrumental in paving a way for black playwrights from the 1950s to the present.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 3/20/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Theater Tradition and Women Playwrights of the Harlem Renaissance
Carving a Place for Themselves on the American Stage Tonal Form: Symbols as Shapers of ""Theater of Struggle"" Structural Form: African American Initiation and Survival Rituals Mirroring the Dark and Beautiful Warriors: Images of Blacks
The African Continuum: The Progeny in the New World Afterword