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Memory and Slavery in African-American Drama


Valérie Bada

Contents: Ambivalent Mnemopoetics. Choral Drama, Epic and Pageantry in Owen Dodson’s Amistad (1939) – Spiritual Mnemopoetics. Music as Articulation in Langston Hughes’s The Sun Do Move (1942) – Place, Time and Action. Fundamental Disunities in Shirley Graham’s It’s Mornin’ (1940) – Ambivalent Tragedy. Cross-Cultural Poetics in Rita Dove’s The Darker Face of the Earth (1994-1996) – Phonomnesia. LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka’s Slave Ship (1967) – Ontological Journey from Darkness to Blk-ness. Val Ferdinand/Kalamu ya Salaam’s Blk Love Song #1 (1969) – Apocalyptic «Eclipsed Presences». Daniel W. Owens’s The Box (1989) – «Ripping the Veil». Robbie McCauley’s Sally’s Rape (1989).