Women in Modern Literature Drama - Essay


(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Jeanne-Marie A. Miller

SOURCE: "Images of Black Women in Plays By Black Playwrights," in CLA Journal Vol. XX, No. 4, June, 1977, pp. 494-507.

[In the following essay, Miller examines the attempts of African American playwrights after the 1950s to bring black female characters to the forefront in American drama.]

In 1933, in an essay entitled "Negro Character as Seen by White Authors," the brilliant scholar-critic Sterling A. Brown wrote that Blacks had met with as great injustice in the literature of America as they had in the life of their country. In American literature, then, including the drama, Blacks had been depicted most often as...

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