The Resource Prefiguring postblackness : cultural memory, drama, and the African American freedom struggle of the 1960s, Carol Bunch Davis

Prefiguring postblackness : cultural memory, drama, and the African American freedom struggle of the 1960s, Carol Bunch Davis

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Prefiguring postblackness : cultural memory, drama, and the African American freedom struggle of the 1960s
Title
Prefiguring postblackness
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cultural memory, drama, and the African American freedom struggle of the 1960s
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Carol Bunch Davis
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eng
Summary
"Prefiguring Postblackness explores the tensions between cultural memory of the African American Freedom Struggle and representations of African American identity staged in five plays produced between 1959 and 1969 during the Freedom Struggle era. Carol Bunch Davis shows how these plays' representations complicate reductive iterations of blackness, which often limit the Freedom Struggle era to Martin Luther King's nonviolent protest and cast Malcolm X's black nationalism as undermining civil rights movement's advances. These five plays strategically revise the rhetoric, representations, ideologies, and iconography of the African American Freedom Struggle, subverting its dominant narrative. This revision critiques racial uplift ideology's tenets of civic and moral virtue as a condition of African American full citizenship, as well as reimagines the Black Arts movement's restrictive notions of black authenticity as a condition of racial identity. These staged representations construct a counter-narrative to cultural memory of the Freedom Struggle in the very midst of that era. In their use of a "postblack ethos" to enact African American subjectivity, the plays envision black identity beyond the quest for freedom, anticipating what blackness might look like when it moves beyond the struggle for collective freedom. The plays range from the canonical (Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and Amiri Baraka's Dutchman) to celebrated, yet understudied works (Alice Childress's Wine in the Wilderness; Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope; Charles Gordone's No Place to Be Somebody). Finally, Davis discusses recent revivals, showing how these 1960s plays shape dimensions of modern drama well beyond the decade of their creation"--
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Bunch Davis, Carol
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index present
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PS338.N4
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • American drama
  • American drama
  • African Americans
  • African Americans in literature
  • African American theater
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
  • African American theater
  • African Americans in literature
  • African Americans
  • American drama
  • American drama
  • DRAMA / American
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Prefiguring postblackness : cultural memory, drama, and the African American freedom struggle of the 1960s, Carol Bunch Davis
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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1 online resource.
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online
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9781496803009
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2015017042
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computer
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rdamedia
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remote
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  • F59D2C25-B982-4889-84AD-AA45CFC282B6
  • 22573/ctt1d2j28x
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  • (OCoLC)908192792
  • (OCoLC)ocn908192792
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Prefiguring postblackness : cultural memory, drama, and the African American freedom struggle of the 1960s, Carol Bunch Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781496803009
Lccn
2015017042
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • F59D2C25-B982-4889-84AD-AA45CFC282B6
  • 22573/ctt1d2j28x
System control number
  • (OCoLC)908192792
  • (OCoLC)ocn908192792

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