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Title The Cambridge companion to African American theatre / edited by Harvey Young.
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Book Cover

 Floor4  PN2270.A35 C36 2013    DUE 02-28-18
Description xix, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series Cambridge companions to literature
Cambridge companions to literature.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-285) and index.
Contents Introduction / Harvey Young -- 1. Slavery, performance, and the design of African American theatre / Douglas A. Jones, Jr. -- 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 G. Shannon -- 12. African diaspora drama / Sandra L. Richards -- 13. Black theatre in the age of Obama / Harry J. Elam, Jr.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject African American theater -- History.
American drama -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
African Americans in the performing arts.
Related Names Young, Harvey, 1975-
ISBN 1107602750 paperback
9781107017122 hardback
1107017122 hardback
9781107602755 paperback
OCLC number 794640272