Black Female Playwrights

Black Female Playwrights : An Anthology of Plays before 1950

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Fine reading and a superb resource." -Ms.Highly recommended." -Library JournalPerkins has chosen the plays well, and her issue-oriented introduction places the women and their works in a literary and historical context." -ChoiceAs well as being centered on the black experience, the plays in Black Female Playwrights are centered on the female experience." -Voice Literary SupplementPerkins' anthology is valuable for a number of reasons... Perkins' book (which includes a bibliography of plays and pageants by black women before 1950 as well as a selected bibliography of critical works) is a major help in providing access to [the world of black drama]." -Theatre JournalThe need to acknowledge these works was the impetus behind this volume. Perkins has selected nineteen plays from seven writers who were among the major dramatizers of the black experience during this early period. As forerunners to the activist black theater of the 1950s and 1960s, these plays represent a critical stage in the development of black drama in the United States.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 10 b&w photos
  • 0253206235
  • 9780253206237

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionGeorgia Douglas JohnsonPlumesA Sunday Morning in the SouthBlue BloodBlue-Eyed Black BoyMary P. BurrillAftermathThey That Sit in DarknessZora Neale HurstonThe First OneColor StruckEulalie SpenceUndertowFool's ErrandHerMay MillerStragglers in the DustRiding the GoatChristophe's DaughtersHarriet TubmanMarita BonnerThe Purple FlowerExit: An IllusionShirley GrahamIt's MorningI Gotta HomePlays & Pageants by Black Women before 1950Selected Bibliographyshow more

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