College Literature. Spring2009, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p1-25. 25p.
ESSAYS, AFRICAN American dramatists, AFRICAN Americans in literature, and RACISM in literature
In "Putting Black Culture on Stage: August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle," Patricia M. Gantt offers an overview of Wilson's life and work, including his background, motivation, dramatic aesthetic, and themes. Taking each of the ten plays in the Pittsburgh Cycle in the order of its New York stage production, Gantt discusses the works' characters and recurring concerns. Throughout, she investigates Wilson's stated goal of drawing on black culture—in all its sacred and secular particularities—to create art. Her critique aims at suggesting possible fields of future inquiry for teachers and scholars, and assesses Wilson's numerous contributions to American dramatic tradition. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
College Literature. Fall2005, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p168-187. 20p.
LITERARY characters, LANGUAGE & languages in literature, and RACISM in literature
The essay posits that another "Beloved" exists in Morrison's novel of the same name: besides the title character of the murdered "crawling already?" baby who returns as a ghost, is Amy Denver, the white, runaway, indentured servant who functions as both foil and bridge. As a prophetic healer, Amy saves Sethe and her baby, Denver, from certain death. Examining Morrison's use of language where one word often functions as both noun and verb (e.g. "rememory"),"Amy" becomes worthy of deeper scrutiny given the striking fact that etymologically the name, from the Latin" amatus," literally means "beloved." Intersecting the critical heritage of the novel, this study offers that Amy Denver is not a minor character, but, rather, an important presence integral to the very existence of the tale through which the reader learns that love is colorblind. A hopeful text, "Beloved" underscores Morrison's desire to bridge the gulf of racism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]