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Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s

Carol Bunch Davis

Abstract

This book explores the tensions between cultural memory of the African American Freedom Struggle and representations of African American identity staged in five plays between 1959 and 1969 during the civil rights era. Through close readings of the plays, their popular and African American print media reviews, and the cultural context in which they were produced, the book shows how these representations complicate narrow ideas of blackness, which often limit the freedom struggle era to Martin Luther King's nonviolent protest and cast Malcolm X's black nationalism as undermining the Civil Rights ... More

Keywords: cultural memory, African American identity, Civil Rights Movement, blackness, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, black nationalism, Black Arts Movement, African American Freedom Struggle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781496802989
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496802989.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Bunch Davis, author
Texas A&M University at Galveston