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Their Place on the Stage: Black Women Playwrights in America

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ISBN-13: 978-0275935665
ISBN-10: 0275935663
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"This is the first book-length study of black American women playwrights. It will be useful to scholars in the fields of black and women's literature and an excellent source of background reading in graduate and undergraduate courses on American women playwrights. The author's training as both a scholar and a playwright is evident in this book. The study begins with a brief discussion of the African origins of African American theater. It then moves into an analysis of the many women playwrights of the Harlem Renaissance who are rarely mentioned in most literary studies of the era. In the third chapter the focus narrows on the three playwrights who constitute the core of the study: Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, and Ntozake Shange. In addition to a discussion of each of their major plays, Brown-Guillory analyzes the tonal and structural forms of their plays and the images of blacks each woman creates. The three playwrights are linked in this study by their portrayal of the black struggle in an inhumane society and by their common focus in the spirit of survival' of African Americans. Several major black women playwrights, such as Adrienne Kennedy, are not included in this discussion, but through her work Brown-Guillory has nonetheless sounded a call for more studies of this topic."-Choice

?This is the first book-length study of black American women playwrights. It will be useful to scholars in the fields of black and women's literature and an excellent source of background reading in graduate and undergraduate courses on American women playwrights. The author's training as both a scholar and a playwright is evident in this book. The study begins with a brief discussion of the African origins of African American theater. It then moves into an analysis of the many women playwrights of the Harlem Renaissance who are rarely mentioned in most literary studies of the era. In the third chapter the focus narrows on the three playwrights who constitute the core of the study: Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, and Ntozake Shange. In addition to a discussion of each of their major plays, Brown-Guillory analyzes the tonal and structural forms of their plays and the images of blacks each woman creates. The three playwrights are linked in this study by their portrayal of the black struggle in an inhumane society and by their common focus in the spirit of survival' of African Americans. Several major black women playwrights, such as Adrienne Kennedy, are not included in this discussion, but through her work Brown-Guillory has nonetheless sounded a call for more studies of this topic.?-Choice

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Though rarely anthologized and infrequently the subject of critical interpretation, Brown-Guillory asserts, such important black women playwrights as Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Ntozake Shange, and a host of others made significant contributions to the American theatre in the way of content, tonal and structural form, characterization, and dialogue.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 20, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275935663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275935665
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,645,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have wondered "Where can I find the names of black playwrights and their plays, so I can look them up?", this little book is packed with loads of such information, interspersed with the historical synopses. It doesn't just speak to female playwrights either, though the title gives that impression. It is a good point of departure that acquaints the reader with the realization that America had, and has, numerous black male and female playwrights whose writing reflects the eras in which they lived, and are living. This little gem also briefly addresses the role of black stage actors performing plays written by white playwrights. We don't hear often of the works of black playwrights so for me this book also served as a handy reference guide to further pursue the roles and writings of blacks as it relates to the American stage.
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