Contemporary Black Female Playwrights Analytical Essay by Professor Victor Verb

Contemporary Black Female Playwrights
A literary review of African-American playwrights, Cheryl L. West, Suzan-Lori Parks and Pearl Cleage.
# 30129 | 2,093 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2003 | US

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This paper reviews the literature of three contemporary African American female writers: Cheryl L. West's "Before It Hits Home" about the effects of AIDS on a black family;Suzan-Lori Parks' "The America Play" about a coming of age pregnant black teenager; and Pearl Cleage's "Looks Like Crazy" which also deals with issues of HIV in a black woman's life.

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"When women started getting organized to pursue mutual goals back in the mid-19th century, little did they realize what an enormous impact they would be having generations later. "On July 13, 1848, five women met for tea in Seneca Falls, New York. The repercussions of that afternoon's conversation are still being felt around the world" (USA: Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Women's Rights Movement 1998:80). In this regard, the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, represented the beginning of the battle for equal rights for women in America."

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