Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What does the meaning of Ntozake Shange’s name suggest about the themes of her works?

What image of men is conveyed in for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf?

What role is played by visual images in Shange’s poetry?

How does Shange examine discrimination within African American communities?

How does Shange blend the characteristics of urban and rural African American cultures?

How does Shange employ Black English to support her themes and develop her characters?

What is Shange saying about male-female relationships in A Photograph: Lovers in Motion?

How is music central to Shange’s works?