Understanding August Wilson

Understanding August Wilson
Author: Mary L. Bogumil
Publsiher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Total Pages: 165
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9781570032523
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding August Wilson Book Excerpt:

In this critical study Mary L. Bogumil argues that Wilson gives voice to disfranchised and marginalized African Americans who have been promised a place and a stake in the American dream but find access to the rights and freedoms promised to all Americans difficult. The author maintains that Wilson not only portrays African Americans and the predicaments of American life but also sheds light on the atavistic connection African Americans have to their African ancestors.

August Wilson s Fences

August Wilson s Fences
Author: Susan C. W. Abbotson,Sandra Garrett Shannon
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 201
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780313318801
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson s Fences Book Excerpt:

Outlines the plot and characters of this groundbreaking play; explains the production, historical context, and themes; and includes critiques and reactions of scholars.

August Wilson

August Wilson
Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2015-03-10
ISBN: 1476605327
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson Book Excerpt:

Award-winning African-American playwright August Wilson created a cultural chronicle of black America through such works as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Two Trains Running. The authentic ring of wit, anecdote, homily, and plaint proved that a self-educated Pittsburgh ghetto native can grow into a revered conduit for a century of black achievement. He forced readers and audiences to examine the despair generated by poverty and racism by exploring African-American heritage and experiences over the course of the twentieth century. This literary companion provides the reader with a source of basic data and analysis of characters, dates, events, allusions, staging strategies and themes from the work of one of America’s finest playwrights. The text opens with an annotated chronology of Wilson’s life and works, followed by his family tree. Each of the 166 encyclopedic entries that make up the body of the work combines insights from a variety of sources along with generous citations; each concludes with a selected bibliography on such relevant subjects as the blues, Malcolm X, irony, roosters, and Gothic mode. Charts elucidate the genealogies of Wilson’s characters, the Charles, Hedley, and Maxson families, and account for weaknesses in Wilson’s female characters. Two appendices complete the generously cross-referenced work: a timeline of events in Wilson’s life and those of his characters, and a list of 40 topics for projects, composition, and oral analysis.

August Wilson

August Wilson
Author: Marilyn Elkins
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2013-10-23
ISBN: 1135704414
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson Book Excerpt:

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

August Wilson s Pittsburgh Cycle

August Wilson      s Pittsburgh Cycle
Author: Sandra G. Shannon
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2016-01-28
ISBN: 147662299X
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson s Pittsburgh Cycle Book Excerpt:

Providing a detailed study of American playwright August Wilson (1945–2005), this collection of new essays explores the development of the author’s ethos across his twenty-five-year creative career—a process that transformed his life as he retraced the lives of his fellow “Africans in America.” While Wilson’s narratives of Pittsburgh and Chicago are microcosms of black life in America, they also reflect the psychological trauma of his disconnection with his biological father, his impassioned efforts to discover and reconnect with the blues, with Africa and with poet/activist Amiri Baraka, and his love for the vernacular of Pittsburgh.

August Wilson s Fences

August Wilson s Fences
Author: Ladrica Menson-Furr
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2013-06-06
ISBN: 1441168443
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson s Fences Book Excerpt:

Fences represents the decade of the 1950s, and, when it premiered in 1985, it won the Pulitzer Prize. Set during the beginnings of the civil rights movement, it also concerns generational change and renewal, ending with a celebration of the life of its protagonist, even though it takes place at his funeral. Critics and scholars have lauded August Wilson's work for its universality and its ability, especially in Fences, to transcend racial barriers and this play helped to earn him the titles of "America's greatest playwright" and "the African American Shakespeare."

A Study Guide for August Wilson s Joe Turner s Come and Gone

A Study Guide for August Wilson s  Joe Turner s Come and Gone
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 28
Release: 2016
ISBN: 1410350150
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for August Wilson s Joe Turner s Come and Gone Book Excerpt:

A Study Guide for August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.

A Study Guide for August Wilson s Fences

A Study Guide for August Wilson s Fences
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 15
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN: 1410334864
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for August Wilson s Fences Book Excerpt:

Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson

Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson
Author: Sandra G. Shannon,Sandra L. Richards
Publsiher: Modern Language Association
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2016-06-01
ISBN: 1603292608
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson Book Excerpt:

The award-winning playwright August Wilson used drama as a medium to write a history of twentieth-century America through the perspectives of its black citizenry. In the plays of his Pittsburgh Cycle, including the Pulitzer Prizeâ€"winning Fences and The Piano Lesson, Wilson mixes African spirituality with the realism of the American theater and puts African American storytelling and performance practices in dialogue with canonical writers like Aristotle and Shakespeare. As they portray black Americans living through migration, industrialization, and war, Wilson’s plays explore the relation between a unified black consciousness and America’s collective identity. In part 1 of this volume, “Materials,†the editors survey sources on Wilson’s biography, teachable texts of Wilson’s plays, useful secondary readings, and compelling audiovisual and Web resources. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,†look at a diverse set of issues in Wilson’s work, including the importance of blues and jazz, intertextual connections to other playwrights, race in performance, Yoruban spirituality, and the role of women in the plays.

The Image of Man in Selected Plays of August Wilson

The Image of Man in Selected Plays of August Wilson
Author: Shamal Abu-Baker Hussein
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 178
Release: 2012-11-01
ISBN: 1477247025
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Image of Man in Selected Plays of August Wilson Book Excerpt:

Wilson's approach can be seen as a communal romanticism, dealing with ordinary people, language, and problems, giving the priority to the feeling and human dignity over logic, power and money, putting freedom and equity as a pivotal concern, almost presenting women and children as victims, and highlighting the importance of heritage, identity, and culture. As his self-revision message, all those three plays demonstrate scenes of black self-review, showing the blacks' part of responsibility in the situation they live in. It is a project of self-rehabilitation for the blacks. Since American society is a multicultural spectrum, there is not any certain legibly ascribed American identity. That is why Wilson does not submit to the claims of the dominant cultural trend by some white critics like Brustein. Wilson confidently presents the blacks' identity typified with self-fulfilment and contribution to the American culture, as his alternative contributory image of man against the white dominant models, or the violent black ones.

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 15
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN: 141033497X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson Book Excerpt:

August Wilson Century Cycle

August Wilson Century Cycle
Author: August Wilson,Laurence Fishburne (III)
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2007
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson Century Cycle Book Excerpt:

A cycle of 10 plays written between 1904 and 1997, with one play "for every roiling decade of the African-American experience in the twentieth century."--J. Lahr, Introduction, page vii, Gem of The Ocean.

August Wilson Century Cycle

August Wilson Century Cycle
Author: August Wilson,Laurence Fishburne (III)
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2007
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson Century Cycle Book Excerpt:

A cycle of 10 plays written between 1904 and 1997, with one play "for every roiling decade of the African-American experience in the twentieth century."--J. Lahr, Introduction, page vii, Gem of The Ocean.

African American Dramatists

African American Dramatists
Author: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 527
Release: 2004
ISBN: 0313322333
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African American Dramatists Book Excerpt:

Presents alphabetical entries for sixty-one playwrights who wrote from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth century, containing biographical information about the authors and critical assessments of their works.

The Cambridge History of African American Literature

The Cambridge History of African American Literature
Author: Maryemma Graham,Jerry W. Ward, Jr
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2011-02-03
ISBN: 1316184404
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge History of African American Literature Book Excerpt:

The first major twenty-first century history of four hundred years of black writing, The Cambridge History of African American Literature presents a comprehensive overview of the literary traditions, oral and print, of African-descended peoples in the United States. Expert contributors, drawn from the United States and beyond, emphasise the dual nature of each text discussed as a work of art created by an individual and as a response to unfolding events in American cultural, political, and social history. Unprecedented in scope, sophistication and accessibility, the volume draws together current scholarship in the field. It also looks ahead to suggest new approaches, new areas of study, and as yet undervalued writers and works. The Cambridge History of African American Literature is a major achievement both as a work of reference and as a compelling narrative and will remain essential reading for scholars and students in years to come.

Committed Theatre in Nigeria

Committed Theatre in Nigeria
Author: Segun Oyeleke Oyewo,Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah,Taiwo Okunola Afolabi
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2020-05-15
ISBN: 149859381X
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Committed Theatre in Nigeria Book Excerpt:

This book identifies Nigerian theatre as a highly creative and useful tool for cultural and economic development. It moves beyond the usual discussion of theatre as entertainment to a dialogue that situates theatre as an essential tool for initiating public discourse for the advancement of society in general.

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights
Author: Christopher Innes,Peter Paul Schnierer,Martin Middeke,Matthew C. Roudané
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2013-12-19
ISBN: 1408134810
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights Book Excerpt:

Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years. This authoritative guide leads you through the work of 25 major contemporary American playwrights, discussing more than 140 plays in detail. Written by a team of 25 eminent international scholars, each chapter provides: · a biographical introduction to the playwright's work; · a survey and concise analysis of the writer's most important plays; · a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and critical reception; · a bibliography of published plays and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. The abundance of work analysed enables fresh, illuminating conclusions to be drawn about the development of contemporary American playwriting.

Modern American Drama Playwriting in the 1980s

Modern American Drama  Playwriting in the 1980s
Author: Sandra G. Shannon
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-11-14
ISBN: 1350153648
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Modern American Drama Playwriting in the 1980s Book Excerpt:

The Decades of Modern American Playwriting series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equips readers with a detailed understanding of the context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade receives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material. The major playwrights and their plays to receive in-depth coverage in this volume include: David Mamet: Edmond (1982), Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), Speed-the-Plow (1988) and Oleanna (1992); David Henry Hwang: Family Devotions (1981), The Sound of a Voice (1983) and M. Butterfly (1988); Maria Irene Fornès: The Danube (1982), Mud (1983) and The Conduct of Life (1985); August Wilson: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1984) and Fences (1987).

Smoketown

Smoketown
Author: Mark Whitaker
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2018-01-30
ISBN: 1501122436
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Smoketown Book Excerpt:

A brilliant, lively account of the Black Renaissance that burst forth in Pittsburgh from the 1920s through the 1950s—“Smoketown will appeal to anybody interested in black history and anybody who loves a good story…terrific, eminently readable…fascinating” (The Washington Post). Today black Pittsburgh is known as the setting for August Wilson’s famed plays about noble, but doomed, working-class citizens. But this community once had an impact on American history that rivaled the far larger black worlds of Harlem and Chicago. It published the most widely read black newspaper in the country, urging black voters to switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party, and then rallying black support for World War II. It fielded two of the greatest baseball teams of the Negro Leagues and introduced Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pittsburgh was the childhood home of jazz pioneers Billy Strayhorn, Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams, and Erroll Garner; Hall of Fame slugger Josh Gibson—and August Wilson himself. Some of the most glittering figures of the era were changed forever by the time they spent in the city, from Joe Louis and Satchel Paige to Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. Mark Whitaker’s Smoketown is a “rewarding trip to a forgotten special place and time” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). It depicts how ambitious Southern migrants were drawn to a steel-making city on a strategic river junction; how they were shaped by its schools and a spirit of commerce with roots in the Gilded Age; and how their world was eventually destroyed by industrial decline and urban renewal. “Smoketown brilliantly offers us a chance to see this other Black Renaissance and spend time with the many luminaries who sparked it…It’s thanks to such a gifted storyteller as Whitaker that this forgotten chapter of American history can finally be told in all its vibrancy and glory” (The New York Times Book Review).

The Playwright s Muse

The Playwright s Muse
Author: Joan Herrington
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-05-13
ISBN: 1136542124
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Playwright s Muse Book Excerpt:

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.