Reading List: Dissertation Topic—Performance in 20th Century AfAm Literature and Culture

Fiction

  1. Jazz                                                             Toni Morrison
  2. Love                                                            Toni Morrison
  3. Damballah                                                 John Edgar Wideman
  4. Sent for You Yesterday                             John Edgar Wideman
  5. Hiding Place                                              John Edgar Wideman
  6. Praisesong for the Widow                      Paule Marshall
  7. Mama Day                                                 Gloria Naylor
  8. Corregidora                                               Gayl Jones

 

Repeated from 20th Century American Literature List:

The Color Purple                                                 Alice Walker

Their Eyes Were Watching God                        Zora Neale Hurston

Invisible Man                                                       Ralph Ellison

Go Tell It On The Mountain                                James Baldwin

Sula                                                                         Toni Morrison

 

 

 

Nonfiction

  1. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes  Maya Angelou

Repeated from 20th Century American Literature List:

The Big Sea                                                               Langston Hughes

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings                        Maya Angelou

The Souls of Black Folk                                           W.E.B. Du Bois

Between the World and Me                                    Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

 

 

 

Drama

  1. Joe Turner’s Come and Gone                     August Wilson
  2. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom                         August Wilson
  3. The Piano Lesson                                         August Wilson
  4. Blues for Mister Charlie                              James Baldwin

 

Repeated from 20th Century American Literature List:

A Raisin In The Sun                                               Lorraine Hansbury

 

Poetry

1. Jazz Poems                                                             Ed. Kevin Young
(Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series)

2. Blues Poems                                                            Ed. Kevin Young
(Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series)

 

 

Critical Works

  1. Jazz Dance                                                          Jean and Marshall Stearns
  2. Steppin’ On The Blues                                       Jacqui Malone
  3. Modern Dance, Negro Dance                          Susan Manning
  4. Reading Dancing                                               Susan Leigh Foster

 

  1. Dancing Class: Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Divides in American Dance, 1890-1920

Linda J. Tomko

 

  1. Social Choreography: Ideology as Performance in Dance and Everyday Movement

Andrew Hewitt

 

  1. Punctuation: Art, Politics and Play             Jennifer DeVere Brody

 

  1. Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression-Era African American Performance

Stephanie Leigh Batiste

 

  1. “A Race for Theory”                         Barbara Christian

 

  1. Jookin’: The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture                            

    Katrina Hazzard-Gordon

 

  1. Black Dance: From 1619 to Today                           Lynne Fauley Emery
  2. The Black Dancing Body From Coon to Cool         Brenda Dixon Gottschild

 

  1. Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850–1910

     Daphne Brooks

 

  1. Black Dance in America: A History Through its People       James Haskins
  2. Blues People: Negro Music in White America                        LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)
  3. Black Looks: Race and Representation                                    bell hooks
  4. Black Skin, White Masks                                                            Frantz Fanon

 

  1. Selections from Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (Studies in Dance History) Thomas F. Defrantz

Chs 2 – 7

 

  1. Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music’s African Origins

David F. Garcia

 

  1. “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”                                         Langston Hughes
  2. Stomping the Blues                                                                                      Albert Murray
  3. Hot Music, Ragmentation, and the Bluing of American Literature     Steven Tracy
  4. Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature                                      Houston Baker
  5. Shadow and Act                                                                                            Ralph Ellison
  6. Black Resonance:Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature Emily Lordi
  7. Black Performance Theory                         ed. Thomas F. DeFrantz & Anita Gonzalez

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