Contemporary African American Female Playwrights : An Annotated BibliographyMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, 1998Description: 1 online resource (148 p.)ISBN: 9780313064951Subject(s): African Americans in literature -- Bibliography | American drama -- 20th century -- Bibliography | American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Bibliography | American drama -- African American authors -- Bibliography | American drama -- African American authors -- History and criticism -- Bibliography | American drama -- Women authors -- Bibliography | American drama -- Women authors -- History and criticism -- Bibliography | Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- BibliographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Contemporary African American Female Playwrights : An Annotated BibliographyDDC classification: 016.81254099287 LOC classification: Z1229.N39Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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CONTENTS; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; I. ANTHOLOGIES; II. GENERAL CRITICISM AND REFERENCE WORKS; III. INDIVIDUAL DRAMATISTS; Appendix A: Periodicals and Journals; Appendix B: About the Playwrights; Author Index; Subject Index; Title Index
Lorraine Hansberry''s A Raisin in the Sun (1959) was a major dramatic success and brought to the world''s attention the potential talent of African American women playwrights. But in spite of Hansberry''s landmark contribution, both the theater and the literary world have often failed to include contemporary African American female playwrights within the circle of production, publication, and criticism. In African American drama anthologies, female playwrights are seldom given the degree of attention that is accorded their male counterparts. And because of space constraints, anthologies of works by women playwrights are forced to exclude numerous female dramatists, including African Americans. Meanwhile, some scholars have argued that the works of African American female playwrights are seldom produced in the mainstream theater because these plays frequently challenge the views of white America. But as A Raisin in the Sun demonstrates, plays by African American women dramatists can have a powerful message and are worthy of attention.||A comprehensive research tool, this annotated bibliography sheds light on the often neglected works of contemporary African American female playwrights. Included within its scope are those dramatists who have had at least one work published since 1959, the year of Hansberry''s monumental achievement. The first section provides a listing of anthologies that include one or more plays written by an African American female dramatist. The second gives entries for reference works and for scholarly and critical studies of the dramatists and their plays. The third presents a listing of published plays by individual dramatists, along with a summary of each drama; the works of each playwright that are related to drama; and secondary sources that treat the dramatists and their plays. Entries are accompanied by concise but informative annotations, and the volume closes with a list of periodicals that frequently publish criticism of African American female playwrights, a section of brief biographical sketches of the dramatists, and extensive indexes.
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CHOICE ReviewBeginning with Lorraine Hansberry's landmark A Raisin in The Sun (1959), this volume covers 63 playwrights who have published at least one play since then. The text opens with a list of 65 anthologies that contain plays by African American women that are cited in this bibliography, followed by general critical studies and reference works in theater arts, women's studies, and African American studies that contain material relevant to this topic. Entries for individual authors are arranged alphabetically and list plays (both separately published and in collections ) and secondary sources (both scholarly and general) where available. Brief biographical notes are given in the final section. There are indexes of titles (including anthologies and works of general criticism) and authors. Readers will find the introduction's discussion of obstacles that African American women playwrights face particularly instructive in understanding the need for such a bibliography. Useful for collection evaluation and development in this subject area, and for reference access to the contents of anthologies in undergraduate and graduate libraries. R. B. M. Ridinger; Northern Illinois University
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DANA A. WILLIAMS is a doctoral candidate in English at Howard University. Her current research interests include African American dramatists and novelists.