An In-depth Study of the Major Plays of African-American Playwright August Wilson: Vernacularizing the Blues on Stage (Black Studies S. No. 6)
By: Qun Wang (author)Hardback
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This study of the playwright August Wilson emphasizes his African-American language forms, histories and identities, examining in particular his linguistic and metaphoric borrowing from the blues. It examines aesthetic debates on African-American artistes from the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. After establishing the cultural and artistic setting, the study then devotes a chapter each to Wilson's most celebrated plays: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", "Fences", "Joe Turner's Come and Gone", "The Piano Lesson", "Two Trains Running" and "Seven Guitars".
Introduction - historical context and theoretical framing; towards the poetization of the "field of manners" - August Wilson's contribution to the American theatre; "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" - music as cultural metaphor; "Fences" - sports, fences and the "American Dream"; "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" - religion and individual choice; "The Piano Lesson" - history, cultural legacy, and family heritage; "Two Trains Running" - business adventure and political agenda; "Seven Guitars" - social injustice and its consequences.
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