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Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora

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This important and groundbreaking collection of 32 essays is particularly valuable to those who have scant knowledge about African American theater, as the ideas are informing, eyeopening, and challenging.

“In 1970, in the heat of the Black Arts Movement, Paul Carter Harrison published his seminal the Drama of Nommo, challenging reading to look beyond the political orthodox of kitchen sink realism to discern the aesthetic foundations of black theatre. The present anthology demonstrates the impressive extend to which scholars, playwrights, and directors have build upon that call. Drawing from performance in Africa, the Caribbean, The united States and Black britain this landmark collection delineates the cultural specificity of an African diaspora theatre that, while it appears to ‘wear the mask’ of conformity of euro american values, in-acts the profoundly different world view aimed at conforming an oppressive past and reaffirming the humanity of black peoples. The anthology’s analytic rigor and creative insight set a challenge for subsequent generation to engage.”

Sandra L. Richards, Leon Forrest Professor of African American Studies and Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Northwestern University

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