The Resource Blueprints for a Black federal theatre, 1935-1939, Rena Fraden

Blueprints for a Black federal theatre, 1935-1939, Rena Fraden

Label
Blueprints for a Black federal theatre, 1935-1939
Title
Blueprints for a Black federal theatre, 1935-1939
Statement of responsibility
Rena Fraden
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Negro units of the Federal Theatre Project were one of the highly controversial, cutting-edge expressions of New Deal philosophy at work within the Works Progress Administration's Arts Projects. This experiment in government-supported culture during the late 1930s brought to the forefront one of the central problems in American democratic culture - the representation of racial difference. As WPA, the FTP and writers like Richard Wright and Theodore Ward attempted to make art more relevant and more accessible to more people, they often came up against a conflict between their high-minded sense of what art could accomplish and the demands of their audience for popular entertainment. At a time when the tradition of black entertainment had come to seem suspect to many of the black intelligentsia and black artists, the provocative question of how political or entertaining black theatre should be was rendered especially problematic. Those working in the profession quickly discovered the inescapable ideological responsibilities that come of opening a curtain on any sort of show, whether apparently entertaining or political in nature." "Blueprints for a Black Federal Theatre goes on to explore the historical context of its subject, taking up the liberal idealism of the thirties and the critical debates in black journals over the role of a national theatre for African Americans. Surveying the difficulties of writing new plays that broke with old stereotypes, the conflicting demands audiences made for different kinds of dramas, and the role of the "essentially dramatic" black actor, the book offers broad and timely reflections on issues of cultural separatism and multiculturalism that continue to engage the arts today."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fraden, Rena
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2270.F43
LC item number
F73 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)
  • Federal Theatre Project
  • Federal Theatre Project (États-Unis)
  • Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)
  • African American theater
  • Theater
  • Théâtre noir américain
  • Théâtre
  • African American theater
  • Theater
  • Federal Theatre Project
  • Negers
  • Toneel
  • United States
Label
Blueprints for a Black federal theatre, 1935-1939, Rena Fraden
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. A New Deal (or Not) for Culture -- 2. Critical Directions: Toward a National Negro Theatre -- 3. Producing New Dramas: The Politics of Choice -- 4. The Unpredictable Audience -- 5. Acting Properly
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 243 pages
Isbn
9780521443593
Lccn
93031189
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28677424
  • (OCoLC)ocm28677424
Label
Blueprints for a Black federal theatre, 1935-1939, Rena Fraden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. A New Deal (or Not) for Culture -- 2. Critical Directions: Toward a National Negro Theatre -- 3. Producing New Dramas: The Politics of Choice -- 4. The Unpredictable Audience -- 5. Acting Properly
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 243 pages
Isbn
9780521443593
Lccn
93031189
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28677424
  • (OCoLC)ocm28677424

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