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The dramatic vision of August Wilson

Author: Sandra Garrett Shannon
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1995.
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"In The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson, Sandra Shannon follows the playwright's path through each decade. From the outset, she considers how he uses poetry, the blues, Romare Bearden's art, and other cultural artifacts to lead him to imagined sites of pain and resignation, healing and renewal in the collective memory of black America. It is in these places of defeat and victory, Shannon demonstrates, that Wilson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shannon, Sandra Garrett, 1952-
Dramatic vision of August Wilson.
Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)624476363
Named Person: August Wilson; August Wilson; August Wilson; August Wilson; August Wilson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra Garrett Shannon
ISBN: 0882580698 9780882580692 0614065496 9780614065497 0882580701 9780882580708
OCLC Number: 32429501
Description: xvii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: In search of a voice --
Pittsburgh on his mind: Jitney! --
The blues on Broadway: Ma Rainey's black bottom --
Developing character: Fences --
Finding one's song: Joe Turner's come and gone --
August Wilson as teacher: The piano lesson --
Going back to pick up the ball: Two trains running.
Responsibility: Sandra G. Shannon.

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"In The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson, Sandra Shannon follows the playwright's path through each decade. From the outset, she considers how he uses poetry, the blues, Romare Bearden's art, and other cultural artifacts to lead him to imagined sites of pain and resignation, healing and renewal in the collective memory of black America. It is in these places of defeat and victory, Shannon demonstrates, that Wilson creates drama, as he excavates, examines, and reclaims the past. Although Wilson diverts attention away from factual details and focuses on the human costs of family dislocation, chronic unemployment, or cultural alienation, Shannon illustrates how fully the plays are grounded in credible historical contexts - from slavery and Emancipation to the aftermath of World War II, the 1960s, and the Vietnam War. Moreover, she identifies and analyzes the themes that recur in some plays and branch off in new directions in others - including the dislocations that attended black migration to the North and communication gaps between black men and women. As she examines each of the plays in Wilson's dramatic history of the African American experience, Shannon conveys the broad range of his dramatic vision."--BOOK JACKET.

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