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August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle : Critical Perspectives on the Plays (Paperback)

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Shannon describes playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) as an autoethnographer, storyteller, medium, and culture bearer, who placed himself in his ten-play cycle as both subject and object and as an “African-in-America”, and who used dramaturgy as a means of navigating the complexities of his life as the child of a white German immigrant and a black mother. Shannon presents a collection of essays that trace Wilson’s personal development over his career. Thirteen essays are: “the emancipated century”; “a big bend there, a tree by the shore”; Two Trains Running; World War II History/history; the use of stereotype and archetype in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Gem of the Ocean’s fugitive movements; reclaiming the mother; a century lacking progress; “he gonna give me my ham”; resurrecting “phantom limb[s] of the dismembered slave and god”; epiphany and the “drama of souls”; conjuring Africa in August Wilson’s plays; re-evaluating the legacy of the ten-play cycle. There are notes, works cited, and about the contributors. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 211
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Language: English
Street Date: December 31, 2015
TCIN: 50161493
UPC: 9780786478002
Item Number (DPCI): 248-02-9396

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