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Central Library PS338.N4 B57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This collection of critical essays on plays by African American female playwrights from the post-reconstruction period to the present provides thematic analyses of plays by major and less widely known African American women playwrights, The contributors examine the plays as vehicles of public discourse, and as explorations of issues of African American identity, and explore the themes of sexuality, agency, anger and self-contempt in the plays of African American women.

Table of Contents

Critical Introduction: Other Scribbling Women: African American Female DramatistsCarol P. Marsh-Lockett
Remaking the Minstrel: Pauline Hopkins' Peculiar Sam and the Post-Reconstruction Black SubjectMartha Patterson
Before the Strength, the Pain: Portraits of Elderly Black Women in Early 20th Century Anti-Lynching PlaysTrudier Harris
Segregated Sisterhood: Anger, Racism, and Feminism in Alice Childress' Florence and Wedding BandLaVinia Delois Jennings
'Sicker than a rabid dog': African American Women Playwrights Look at WarMarilyn Elkins
Mara: Angelina Grimk 's Other PlayChristine R. Gray
Black Male Subjectivity Deferred? The Quest for Voice and Authority in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the SunKeith Clark
The Desire/Nexus Authority in Contemporary African American Women's DramaLovalerie King
Celebrating the (Extra)Ordinary: Alice Childress' Representations of Black SelfhoodE. Barnsley Brown
The Discourse of Intercourse: Sexuality and Eroticism in African American Women's DramaJanice Lee Liddell
The Nightmare of History: Conceptions of Sexuality in Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a NegroCarla J. McDonough
"Filled with the Holy Ghost": Sexual Dimension and Dimensions of Sexuality in the Theatre of Ntozake ShangeNeal A. Lester

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