By Dana A. Williams
Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin within the Sun (1959) was once an enormous dramatic good fortune and taken to the world's realization the aptitude expertise of African American ladies playwrights. yet regardless of Hansberry's landmark contribution, either the theater and the literary global have usually did not contain modern African American lady playwrights in the circle of construction, ebook, and feedback. In African American drama anthologies, woman playwrights are seldom given the measure of consciousness that's accorded their male opposite numbers. and due to house constraints, anthologies of works via girls playwrights are pressured to exclude quite a few girl dramatists, together with African americans. in the meantime, a few students have argued that the works of African American lady playwrights are seldom produced within the mainstream theater simply because those performs often problem the perspectives of white the United States. yet as A Raisin within the Sun demonstrates, performs by means of African American ladies dramatists could have a strong message and are precious of attention.
A finished examine device, this annotated bibliography sheds gentle at the usually missed works of latest African American lady playwrights. integrated inside its scope are these dramatists who've had at the very least one paintings released in view that 1959, the yr of Hansberry's huge success. the 1st part offers an inventory of anthologies that come with a number of performs written via an African American lady dramatist. the second one provides entries for reference works and for scholarly and demanding experiences of the dramatists and their performs. The 3rd provides an inventory of released performs by way of person dramatists, besides a precis of every drama; the works of every playwright which are regarding drama; and secondary assets that deal with the dramatists and their performs. Entries are followed through concise yet informative annotations, and the quantity closes with an inventory of periodicals that regularly submit feedback of African American lady playwrights, a piece of short biographical sketches of the dramatists, and vast indexes.