August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle


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At the same time, the multiplicity of meanings that can be derived from careful readings of the social, cultural, and historical contexts of the cycle will satisfy the most critical scholars.

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You may send this item to up to five recipients. Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. Your request to send this item has been completed. Williams Challenging the Stereotypes of Black Manhood: August Wilsons Lazarus Complex. The substantial list of works cited supplies ideas for further reading and study of this seminal playwright. As a result, we see that almost any theme or motif within a single text finds echoes and reverberations in other plays, thus affording us a view of Wilson's overall scheme and challenging future scholarship of any single play to embrace this holistic view of the cycle.

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Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. State or province government publication: English View all editions and formats Summary: Contributors to this collection of 15 essays are academics in English, theater, and African American studies. They focus on the second half of Wilson's century cycle of plays, examining each play within the larger context of the cycle and highlighting themes within and across particular plays.

Some topics discussed include business in the street in Jitney and Gem of the Ocean, contesting black male responsibilities in Jitney, the holyistic blues of Seven Guitars, violence as history lesson in Seven Guitars and King Hedley II, and ritual death and Wilson's female Christ. The book offers an index of plays, critics, and theorists, but not a subject index. Nadel is chair of American literature and culture at the University of Kentucky.

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Just prior to his death in , August Wilson, arguably the most important American playwright of the last quarter-century, completed an ambitious cycle of ten plays, each set in a different decade of the twentieth century. This new collection examines from myriad perspectives the way Wilson's final works give shape and focus to his complete dramatic opus.

It contains an outstanding and diverse array of discussions from leading Wilson scholars and literary critics. Together, the essays in Nadel's two volumes give Wilson's work the breadth of analysis and understanding that this major figure of American drama merits.

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Race and National Identity. University of Iowa Press Bolero Ozon. Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. Tracy Dana Williams Kimmika L.

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Business in the Street in Jitney and Gem of the Ocean.