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By Sandra G. Shannon,Sandra L. Richards

The award-winning playwright August Wilson used drama as a medium to put in writing a background of twentieth-century the USA throughout the views of its black citizenry. within the performs of his Pittsburgh Cycle, together with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences and The Piano Lesson, Wilson mixes African spirituality with the realism of the yankee theater and places African American storytelling and function practices in discussion with canonical writers like Aristotle and Shakespeare. As they painting black americans dwelling via migration, industrialization, and conflict, Wilson's performs discover the relation among a unified black recognition and America's collective identity.

In half 1 of this quantity, "Materials," the editors survey resources on Wilson's biography, teachable texts of Wilson's performs, invaluable secondary readings, and compelling audiovisual and internet assets. The essays partly 2, "Approaches," examine a various set of matters in Wilson's paintings, together with the significance of blues and jazz, intertextual connections to different playwrights, race in functionality, Yoruban spirituality, and the position of girls within the plays.

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