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Prefiguring PostblacknessCultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s$
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Carol Bunch Davis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802989

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802989.001.0001

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Postblackness’s Ancestors and Relatives or “The Past Pushing Us into the Present”

Postblackness’s Ancestors and Relatives or “The Past Pushing Us into the Present”

(p.156) Coda Postblackness’s Ancestors and Relatives or “The Past Pushing Us into the Present”
Prefiguring Postblackness

Carol Bunch Davis

University Press of Mississippi

This coda discusses recent revivals of the five plays examined in this book. The plays have been staged in a range of venues over the last ten years. A Raisin in the Sun, for example, returned to Broadway in 2014 and earned a Tony award for the year's best revival of a play or musical. The other plays were revived Off-Broadway or in university or regional theaters. Critics reviewing the plays approached them as cultural artifacts, historicizing the productions and situating them as markers of a pivotal era in the nation's history and its narrative about race. In effect, the plays become a history lesson about the African American Freedom Struggle. But as they argued for the historical significance of the plays, they elided the representation of African American identity's complexities present in the play. In light of cultural memory's dialectic of remembering and forgetting in service of the narrative of the Freedom Struggle era, the coda urges a reconsideration of postblackness's literary genealogies.

Keywords:   plays, A Raisin in the Sun, Broadway, Off-Broadway, race, African American Freedom Struggle, African American identity, theater, cultural memory, postblackness

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