Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook by Philip C. Kolin

By Philip C. Kolin

'The striking array of students accumulated during this assortment, all specialists within the box, learn the performs with nuance and situate them deftly inside of their cultural and old contexts. students of latest theater and drama and of African American literature will locate price during this enticing collection.' – Choice


'For scholars and students of yankee theatre and drama commonly and African American theatre and drama so much quite, this can be a very invaluable severe source.' – Harry Elam,  Stanford collage, USA


In the last fifty years, American and international theatre has been challenged and enriched by way of the increase to prominence of various lady African American dramatists. Contemporary African American ladies Playwrights is the 1st serious quantity to discover the contexts and impacts of those writers, and their exploration of black heritage and identification via a wealth of numerous, brave and visionary dramas.



Kolin compiles a wealth of recent essays, comprising:





  • Yale student David Krasner at the dramatic legacy of Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Hurston, Marita Bonner and Georgia Douglas Johnson

  • individual chapters dedicated to: Alice Childress, Sonia Sanchez, Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange, Pearl Cleage, Aishah Rahman, Glenda Dickerson, Anna Deavere Smith and Suzan Lori-Parks

  • an essay and accompanying interview with Lynn Nottage

  • comprehensive dialogue of attendant theatrical kinds, from choreopoems and surrealistic performs, to documentary theatre and civil rights dramas, and their use in tough racial and gender hierarchies.



Contributors: Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Soyica Diggs, James Fisher, Freda Scott Giles, Joan Wylie corridor, Philip C. Kolin, David Krasner, Sandra G. Shannon, Debby Thompson, Beth Turner and Jacqueline Wood.

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