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In this critical study of four plays by Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson-- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and The Piano Lesson--Pereira show how Wilson uses the themes of separation, migration, and reunion to depict the physical and psychological journeys of African Americans in the 20th century.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Kim Pereira
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Release: 1995
File: 123 Pages
ISBN-13: 0252064291

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Kim Pereira
Publisher:
Release: 1995
File: 123 Pages
ISBN-13: 0252021371

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Presents alphabetical entries for sixty-one playwrights who wrote from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth century, containing biographical information about the authors and critical assessments of their works.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2004
File: 527 Pages
ISBN-13: 0313322333

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This book offers new essays and interviews addressing Wilson's work, ranging from examinations of the presence of Wilson's politics in his plays to the limitations of these politics on contemporary interpretations of Black aesthetics. Also includes an updated introduction assessing Wilson's legacy since his death in 2005.

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Genre: History
Author: S. Shannon
Publisher: Springer
Release: 2004-08-20
File: 229 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781403981189

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Award-winning African-American playwright August Wilson created a cultural chronicle of black America through such works as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Two Trains Running. The authentic ring of wit, anecdote, homily, and plaint proved that a self-educated Pittsburgh ghetto native can grow into a revered conduit for a century of black achievement. He forced readers and audiences to examine the despair generated by poverty and racism by exploring African-American heritage and experiences over the course of the twentieth century. This literary companion provides the reader with a source of basic data and analysis of characters, dates, events, allusions, staging strategies and themes from the work of one of America’s finest playwrights. The text opens with an annotated chronology of Wilson’s life and works, followed by his family tree. Each of the 166 encyclopedic entries that make up the body of the work combines insights from a variety of sources along with generous citations; each concludes with a selected bibliography on such relevant subjects as the blues, Malcolm X, irony, roosters, and Gothic mode. Charts elucidate the genealogies of Wilson’s characters, the Charles, Hedley, and Maxson families, and account for weaknesses in Wilson’s female characters. Two appendices complete the generously cross-referenced work: a timeline of events in Wilson’s life and those of his characters, and a list of 40 topics for projects, composition, and oral analysis.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publisher: McFarland
Release: 2015-03-10
File: 276 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781476605326

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As the official publication of the Division on Black American Literature and Culture of the Modern Language Association of America, African American review promotes an exchange among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who hold diverse perspectives of African American literature and culture.

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Genre: African American arts
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 2003
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UVA:X030049018

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Designed to meet the needs of high school students, undergraduates, and general readers, this encyclopedia is the most comprehensive reference available on African American literature from its origins to the present. Other works include many brief entries, or offer extended biographical sketches of a limited selection of writers. This encyclopedia surpasses existing references by offering full and current coverage of a vast range of authors and topics. While most of the entries are on individual authors, the encyclopedia gathers together information about the genres and geographical and cultural environments in which these writers have worked, and the social, political, and aesthetic movements in which they have participated. Thus the encyclopedia gives special attention to the historical and cultural forces that have shaped African American writing. - Publisher.

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Genre: African Americans
Author: Hans A. Ostrom
Publisher:
Release: 2005
File: 2010 Pages
ISBN-13: 031332977X

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Original Scholarly Monograph

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Trudier Harris
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Release: 2007
File: 223 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015064952032

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From Frederick Douglass to the present, the preoccupation of black writers with manhood and masculinity is a constant.Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilsonexplores how in their own work three major African American writers contest classic portrayals of black men in earlier literature, from slave narratives through the great novels of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison.Keith Clark examines short stories, novels, and plays by Baldwin, Gaines, and Wilson, arguing that since the 1950s the three have interrupted and radically dismantled the constricting literary depictions of black men who equate selfhood with victimization, isolation, and patriarchy. Instead, they have re-imagined black men whose identity is grounded in community, camaraderie, and intimacy.Delivering original and startling insights, this book will appeal to scholars and students of African American literature, gender studies, and narratology.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Keith Clark
Publisher:
Release: 2002
File: 164 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015055200177

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For one/two-semester, undergraduate courses in African-American History, African-American Studies, and United States History. Written by leading scholars, The African-American Odyssey is a clear and comprehensive narrative of African-American history, from its African roots to the 21st century. This text places African-American history at the center, and in the context, of American History. Biographical profiles, documents, art, a Living Word CD, and the Companion Website dramatize the narrative and illuminate key personalities, events, and issues that shaped African-American history.

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Genre: History
Author: Darlene Clark Hine
Publisher:
Release: 2002-03-08
File: 609 Pages
ISBN-13: 0130977969

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