This title provides a guide to the political and historical context of the 1950s and to the African American cultural context.August Wilson is generally acknowledged to be the most respected African American playwright. His cycle of plays spanning the decades of the twentieth century have been profoundly influential in the American theatre, and highly acclaimed. Fences represents the decade of the 1950s and when it premiered in 1985 it won the Pulitzer Prize. Set during the beginnings of the civil rights movement, it also concerns generational change and renewal, ending with a celebration of the life of its protagonist, even though it takes place at his funeral. Critics and scholars have lauded August Wilson's work for its universality and its ability, especially in Fences , to transcend racial barriers and earned him the titles of America's greatest playwright and African American Shakespeare. The guide provides a comprehensive critical introduction to Fences , giving students an overview of the background and context including detailed analysis of the play including its structure, style and characters; analysis of key production issues and choices; overview of the performance history from the first performances in 1985 to more recent productions; and an annotated guide to further reading highlighting key critical approaches. Continuum Modern Theatre Guides offer concise, accessible and informed introductions to the key plays of modern times. Each book is carefully structured to offer a systematic study of the play in its biographical, historical, social and political context, an in-depth study of the text, an overview of the work's production history including screen adaptations, and practical work-shopping exercises. They also include a timeline and suggestions for further reading which highlight key critical approaches. This will enable students to develop their understanding of playwrights and theatre-makers, as well as inspiring them to broaden their studies.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Ladrica Menson-Furr
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Dimensions: Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.30cm , Length: 19.80cm
ISBN 10: 0826496482
Publication Date: 09 October 2008
Audience: College/higher education , Undergraduate
Publisher's Status: Active
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Table of ContentsSeries Preface; 1. Background; 2. Fences; 3. Performance History; 4. Production Analysis; 5. From Page to Stage. From Page to Screen? Fences on the Shelf; 6. Annotated bibliography, guide to further reading; Index.
It is wonderful... [with] value to scholars and theatre artists alike. Anyone looking to structure a semester of study around this classic of American theatre will find this to be an invaluable resource. Likewise, for any actor, or other theatre artist, looking to stage a production of Fences, the workshop information, coupled with the background and contextual analysis that Dr. Furr provides, will greatly support their desire for a fully realized and in depth representation of what Mr. Wilson envisioned. - Reginald C. Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Memphis
Ladrica Menson-Furr is Assistant Professor of African American literature at the University of Memphis, USA.
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