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Becoming August Wilson

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...August Wilson was a wonderful raconteur. In the same way that Wilson loved the way the blues consolidated, disseminated, and retained African American oral history, one has to love how Wilson’s own storytelling—as a body of lore and a mode...

The Properties of the Piano and the Legacy of Human Property: The Piano Lesson

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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... on the Piano: August Wilson and the Representation of Black American History,” in May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, edited by Alan Nadel (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1994), 109. About Boy Willie’s...

History and/as Performance: The Drama of African American Historiography

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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... in such an intersection and accident, especially those concerning who gets to write the accident report, for, as I have argued elsewhere, History belongs to whoever owns the erasers.Alan Nadel, Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon (Iowa...

The Boundaries of Property and the Properties of Humanity: Fences and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...Fences Production history Fences was workshopped at the O’Neill Conference in the summer of 1983 and opened at the Yale Repertory Theatre on April 30, 1985, where it was directed by Lloyd Richards and starred James Earl Jones...

Introduction

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...August Wilson had perhaps the most accomplished twenty-year span in the history of American theatre, writing ten plays of remarkable quality, comprising a coherent cycle—one play for each decade—that represented African American life...

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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... These interactions are exciting not in the way that a tragic death is but in the way that a Duke Ellington or a John Coltrane finale is.Alan Nadel, “Introduction,” in May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, edited...

Urban Renewal by Any Means Necessary: Two Trains Running

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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... Lamp Down Low!: Aunt Ester Dies in King Hedley II,” in August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle, edited by Alan Nadel (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010), 125. Like Ma Rainey, this play is all about time. Fifteen years...

The Century That Can’t Fix Nothing with the Law: Radio Golf

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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... in the Age of Obama,” in August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle, edited by Alan Nadel (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2010), 186–206, 189. Harmond’s faith in America and American justice is very a-typical of the characters...

“Sad Stories of the Death of Kings”: Seven Guitars and King Hedley II

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Methuen Drama, 2018

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...In light of Donald Pease’s extensive reading of Seven Guitars and King Hedley II in the “Critical and Performance Perspectives” section of this book, this chapter, in order to avoid unnecessary repetition, is somewhat abbreviated. Seven...

Critical and Performance Perspectives

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon, and has edited two collections of essays on August Wilson, May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. He has written several other books including Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. His essays on post-World War II American literature, film, drama, and culture have appeared in numerous journals, and he has won prizes for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and in PMLA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of August Wilson

Methuen Drama, 2018

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... the film.”August Wilson, “I Want a Black Director,” in May All Your Fences Have Gates, edited by Alan Nadel (Iowa City IO: University of Iowa Press, 1994), 203. Wilson’s ironic comments reflect his sense of the pejorative values attached...