By Harold Bloom
In 1987 August Wilson used to be offered the Pulitzer prize for his play Fences. learn this play besides Ma Rainey's Black backside, Joe Turner's Come and long past, and Trains working. This sequence is edited through Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, manhattan college Graduate college; preeminent literary critic of our time. Titles current an important 20th-century feedback on significant works from The Odyssey via smooth literature reflecting various colleges of feedback. Texts additionally comprise severe biographies, notes at the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's lifestyles, and an index, and an introductory essay through Bloom.
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Shannon tendency to privilege one culture over another is also prevalent among black theater audiences, in general, and among August Wilson’s audiences, in particular, most noticeably manifesting in the refusal or inability on the part of spectators and critics alike, white or black, to recognize the African in African American. Though often advanced in the guise of sophisticated theater reviews or passed off as informed intellectual discourse, the tendency to devalue another culture’s aesthetic principles while waving the American flag and advocating Euro-American standards is a dangerous one, which needs to be exposed for what it is.
The stage, as it has done historically, presents enormous opportunity to effect change, and Wilson is in the forefront of Sandra G. Shannon 40 playwrights who are experimenting with performance techniques to usher in a new activist-artistic era. In the initially unexplained convulsions of Herald Loomis, in the lively Juba dance of his fellow tenants, in the bloodletting and chanting rituals of Bynum and Hedley, and in the sage advice of the 322year-old Aunt Ester, Africa is summoned on stage.
The former is a material presence; the latter is a spiritually embodied idea. Hence, in order to follow Wilson’s agenda, it is necessary to situate his concept of Africa within the rhetorical and spiritual contexts of his dramatic universe. Wilson is the first to concede to the impracticalities associated with a too literal interpretation of his back-to-Africa agenda. He explains: If you take these people [African Americans] back over to Africa, they’ll walk around trying to figure out what the hell’s going on.
August Wilson (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom