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August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle: Critical Perspectives on the Plays.


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

Edited by Sandra G. Shannon



211 pages



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 oAfrican-in-Americao, 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 WilsonAEs personal development over his career. Thirteen essays are: othe emancipated centuryo; oa big bend there, a tree by the shoreo; Two Trains Running; World War II History/history; the use of stereotype and archetype in Ma RaineyAEs Black Bottom; Gem of the OceanAEs fugitive movements; reclaiming the mother; a century lacking progress; ohe gonna give me my hamo; resurrecting ophantom limb[s] of the dismembered slave and godo; epiphany and the odrama of soulso; conjuring Africa in August WilsonAEs plays; re-evaluating the legacy of the ten-play cycle. There are notes, works cited, and about the contributors. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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