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Title May all your fences have gates : essays on the drama of August Wilson / edited by Alan Nadel.
Imprint Iowa City, IA : University of Iowa Press, [1994]
©1994

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Subject Wilson, August -- Criticism and interpretation.
Historical drama, American -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Alt Name Nadel, Alan, 1947-
Description 1 online resource (x, 270 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This stimulating collection of essays, the first comprehensive critical examination of the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, deals individually with his five major plays and also addresses issues crucial to Wilson's canon: the role of history, the relationship of African ritual to African American drama, gender relations in the African American community, music and cultural identity, the influence of Romare Bearden's collages, and the politics of drama. The collection includes essays by virtually all the scholars who have currently published on Wilson a.
Contents Preface; Introduction; The History Lesson: Authenticity and Anachronism in August Wilson's Plays; August Wilson's Burden: The Function of Neoclassical Jazz; Speaking of Ma Rainey / Talking about the Blues; Filling the Time: Reading History in the Drama of August Wilson; Boundaries, Logistics, and Identity: The Property of Metaphor in Fences and Joe Turner? Come and Gone; Ghosts on the Piano: August Wilson and the Representation of Black American History; American History as "Loud Talking" in Two Trains Running; Romare Bearden, August Wilson, and the Traditions of African Performance.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1587291649 (electronic bk.)
9781587291647 (electronic bk.)
9780877454281
0877454280
9780877454397
0877454396
OCLC # 44964351
Additional Format Print version: May all your fences have gates. Iowa City, IA : University of Iowa Press, ©1994 0877454280 (DLC) 93034628 (OCoLC)28888784
Table of Contents
 Preface / Alan Nadel 
 Introduction / Alan Nadel1
 The History Lesson: Authenticity and Anachronism in August Wilson's Plays / Anne Fleche9
 August Wilson's Burden: The Function of Neoclassical Jazz / Craig Werner21
 Speaking of Ma Rainey / Talking about the Blues / Sandra Adell51
 Filling the Time: Reading History in the Drama of August Wilson / John Timpane67
 Boundaries, Logistics, and Identity: The Property of Metaphor in 
 Fences and Joe Turner's Come and Gone / Alan Nadel86
 Ghosts on the Piano: August Wilson and the Representation of Black American History / Michael Morales105
 American History as "Loud Talking" in Two Trains Running / Mark William Rocha116
 Romare Bearden, August Wilson, and the Traditions of African Performance / Joan Fishman133
 The Ground on Which I Stand: August Wilson's Perspective on African American Women / Sandra G. Shannon150
 August Wilson's Women / Harry J. Elam, Jr.165
 August Wilson's Gender Lesson / Missy Dehn Kubitschek183
 I Want a Black Director / August Wilson200
 "The Crookeds with the Straights": Fences, Race, and the Politics of Adaptation / Michael Awkward205
 Annotated Bibliography of Works by and about August Wilson / Sandra G. Shannon230
 Notes on Contributors267
 Index to the Plays269