Welcome to Professor Mitchell's course, African American Drama
In this class we will study the history and development of African American drama, with emphasis on major aesthetic, political, and social movements in African American culture.
This is a lecture and student-centered (discussion intense) course geared towards an overview of African American theater through close readings of key texts by African American dramatists from the earliest expressions to the present. We will be reading texts by African American dramatists who represent a variety of movements and trends which will have played significant roles in shaping the African American and American dramatic canon. Clearly, the texts that we read are far from exhaustive in terms of what African American dramatists have contributed to theater, in general. However, these plays are meant to provide a series of useful touchstones for future reading and study.
Goals of the Course: