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African American Theatre: An Historical and Critical Analysis (Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama)

Samuel A. Hay

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ISBN 10: 0521445221 / ISBN 13: 9780521445221
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1994
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Title: African American Theatre: An Historical and ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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A landmark work in the study of Black theater and drama, African American Theatre offers the first comprehensive history of a major cultural phenomenon until now too often neglected. In this fast-paced investigation, Hay seeks out the origins of Black theater in social protest, as envisioned by W.E.B. Dubois, and as a formal branch of arts theater. Divided between these opposing forces--the activist and the artistic--Black theater, Hay argues, faced conflicts of identity whose traces still haunt the medium today. African American Theatre thus offers a means of locating Black theater in the larger context of American theater and in the continuum of African American history from the nineteenth century to the present--and in doing so offers a profile of dramatic expression shaped and scarred by the forces of repression, of self-affirmation, and of subversion. Sweeping in scope, original in approach and provocatively written, this important book mines the origins and influences directing Black theater, while charting a course for its future survival.

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Originating in 19th century social protest, Black theater has faced persistent conflicts of identity. A profile of dramatic expression shaped and scarred by repression, self-affirmation and subversion emerges from this first comprehensive history of an often neglected major cultural phenomenon.

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