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Fionnghuala Sweeney and Kate Marsh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646401

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646401.001.0001

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Making the Word Flesh

Making the Word Flesh

Three at the Threshold of Tomorrow

(p.192) Chapter 8 Making the Word Flesh

Barbara Lewis

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on a constellation of women dramatists politicised by the same contexts that produced the Harlem Renaissance, but operating outside New York. It argues that in the absence of a viable public sphere or accessible voting rights, black women dramatists — well educated and respected within the black community but nevertheless relatively marginalised from mainstream black and non-black artistic communities — used theatre as a means of negotiating pressing political questions. By dislodging artistic practice from Harlem, the chapter points to the different gendered spaces of radical pedagogy as manifested in theatrical activity by women dealing with young black people in and around the national capital, Washington D.C.

Keywords:   black women, dramatists, Harlem Renaissance, theatre, radical pedagogy

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