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Drumbeats, Masks, and Metaphor
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* Introduction * The Historical Precedent * Theatre and the Black Community * The Pitfalls of Integration * Creating a Community Theatre * Black Fire * The Theoretical Foundations of New Black Theatre * The Militant Theatre * LeRoijones/Amiri Baraka: An Iconoclastic Theatre * Jones/Baraka: A Revolutionary Theatre * Poems like Fists * Allegory, jazz, and Race Relations * Victims, Traitors, and Rebels * Rituals of Vengeance * Ideologies of Nationalism and Revolution * Model Punishments and Imaginary Games * Revolutionary Theatre and Promethean Consciousness * The Theatre of Experience * Metaphors in the Titles of Plays * Race Relations * The Family and the Community * Heroes and Rituals of the Street * J. F. Gaines and Melvin van Peebles: Humor and Play * Ed Bullins: The Language of the Blues * Edgar White: The Odyssey of the Picaro * Paul Carter Harrison: For a Neo--African Theatre * Theatre and Culture * Conclusion * Notes * Index

About the Author

Genevieve Fabre is Professor Emerita at the University of Paris Diderot (Paris 7) where she served as Director of the African-American and Diaspora Studies Program.

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