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Finding God In Oneself & For Colored Girls: A Revolutionary Performance Of Language, Naming, & Spacing, Abrina Hyatt May 2015

Finding God In Oneself & For Colored Girls: A Revolutionary Performance Of Language, Naming, & Spacing, Abrina Hyatt

Undergraduate Humanities Forum 2014-2015: Color

This project analyzes the powerful implications of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf in terms of the language of “choreopoetry,” the identity politics present in the experiences of Black women, and the elements of spirituality that move Shange’s work forward. I argue that For Colored Girlsoffers Black women a space to celebrate the fullness and diversity of themselves, regardless of where they fall within the spectrum of characters represented. Shange’s work is groundbreaking in its usage of dance and poetry as joint storytelling language, and with Black women ...


Staging Civil Rights: African American Literature, Performance, And Innovation, Julius B. Fleming Jr Jan 2014

Staging Civil Rights: African American Literature, Performance, And Innovation, Julius B. Fleming Jr

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This dissertation examines the relationship between African American literature and performance during the modern Civil Rights Movement. It traces the ways in which the movement was acted out on the theatrical stage as creatively as it was at those sites of embodied activism that have survived in intellectual and popular memories: lunch counters and buses, schools and courtrooms, streets and prisons. Whereas television and photography have served as primary ways of knowing the movement, this project turns to African American literature, and the live performances it inspired, to provide a more complex framework for analyzing the movement's cultural arm ...