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Author Forsgren, La Donna L., author.

Title In Search of Our Warrior Mothers : Women Dramatists of the Black Arts Movement / La Donna L. Forsgren
Published Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2018


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Contents "Set your blackness free" : Barbara Ann Teer's art and activism -- "We black women" : Martie Evans-Charles and the spirits of Black womanhood -- "Armed prophet" : Sonia Sanchez and the weapon of words -- "Bring your wounded hearts" : J.E. Franklin and the art of liberation -- Epilogue. Let the search continue -- Appendix A. Chronology of Barbara Ann Teer -- Appendix B. Chronology of Martie Evans-Charles -- Appendix C. Chronology of Sonia Sanchez -- Appendix D. Chronology of J.E. Franklin
Summary The Black Arts Movement (1965-76) consisted of artists across the United States deeply concerned with the relationship between politics and the black aesthetic. In Search of Our Warrior Mothers examines the ways in which black women playwrights in the movement advanced feminist and womanist perspectives from within black nationalist discourses. La Donna L. Forsgren recuperates the careers, artistic theories, and dramatic contributions of four leading playwrights: Martie Evans-Charles, J.e. Franklin, Sonia Sanchez, and Barbara Ann Teer. Using original interviews, production recordings, playbills, and unpublished manuscripts, she investigates how these women, despite operating within a context that equated the collective well-being of black people with black male agency, created works that validated black women's aspirations for autonomy and explored women's roles in the struggle for black liberation. In Search of Our Warrior Mothers demonstrates the powerful contributions of women to the creation, interpretation, and dissemination of black aesthetic theory, thus opening an interdisciplinary conversation at the intersections of theater, performance, feminist, and African American studies and identifying and critiquing the gaps and silences within these fields. -- Cover page 4
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Franklin, J. E. (Jennie Elizabeth), 1937- -- Criticism and interpretation
Sanchez, Sonia, 1934- -- Criticism and interpretation
Charles, Martie -- Criticism and interpretation
Teer, Barbara Ann -- Criticism and interpretation
Charles, Martie
Franklin, J. E. (Jennie Elizabeth), 1937-
Sanchez, Sonia, 1934-
Teer, Barbara Ann
Feminist theater.
Black Arts movement.
American drama -- Women authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism
American drama -- African American authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Feminist drama.
DRAMA -- General.
Feminist drama
American drama -- African American authors
American drama -- Women authors
Black Arts movement
Feminist theater
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780810136953