By Dana Williams, Sandra Shannon, August Wilson, Sybil Roberts
This publication deals new essays and interviews addressing Wilson's paintings, starting from examinations of the presence of Wilson's politics in his performs to the restrictions of those politics on modern interpretations of Black aesthetics. additionally contains an up to date creation assessing Wilson's legacy considering his demise in 2005.
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Exploring the works of these writers such as these though, reveals that their works are authentically black texts. Ultimately, Wilson’s declaration calls for an interrogation of the black aesthetic ideology. What we must discern is, can black writers draw upon Western literary traditions and culture and still adhere to a black aesthetic? An examination of Rita Dove’s sonnet Mother Love proves that indeed, black writers are able to garner inspiration from European traditions and yet create art that maintains a black sensibility.
Shange’s ultimate goal is the creation of “an independently created afro-american aesthetic”45 that allows for creative expression based on her personal experiences and perspectives as both a female and an African American. In the following passage she speaks of inherent potentials for African American writers in the new age: the fact that we are an interdisciplinary culture/ that we understand more than verbal communication/ lays a weight on afro-american writers that few others are lucky enough to have been born into.
Music, song, and dance were definite elements of the origins of the American minstrel tradition. The concepts of Kuntu and Nommo help us to see ever-more clearly the sacredness of original plantation slave acts in contrast to the misappropriation of these acts by whites in the form of minstrel shows. The connection of spirituality to music and dance in an African American dramatic context had its theoretical foundation with DuBois, who spoke of the spiritual and musical aspect and relevance to black life as far back as 1903 in The Souls of Black Folk where he wrote a great deal about the relation and importance of music in the lives of African Americans.