AFR 1321 Black Theatre Fall 2018 Mon-Wed

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AFR 1321 Black Theatre Fall 2018 Mon-Wed
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Professor(s)
Department
African American Studies
Course Code
AFR 1321
Semester / Year
Fall 2018
Course Description

This introductory course on African American dramatic literature explores the complex ways in which the black experience is constructed and presented by playwrights. In order to examine who or what informs contemporary Black playwrights, this course is divided into three parts. First, it will include a historical overview of early Black theatre beyond and within the United States. Second, it will analyze how contemporary playwrights have been influenced by Lorraine Hansberry, Leroi Jones, and Ntozake Shange. Third, it will consider the extent to which contemporary Black playwrights use theatre and performance to examine the social and political realities of Africana people. During the semester, students may have an opportunity to experience a theatrical production in New York City.