Pages from the Harlem Renaissance: A Chronicle of Performance (Studies in African and Afro-American Culture #6) (Paperback)

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Anthony Hill's book, Pages from the Harlem Renaissance, is an historical and critical analysis of the nature and significance of J.A. Jackson's Page in Billboard. Hill explores Jackson's vision of black performance as seen through the Page against the larger framework of national and cultural concerns of the 1920s. The study is a testimony to the major accomplishments of black performers in all phases of black show business. Hill documents the development of the column from its founding in 1920 to its disappearance in 1925, focusing on Jackson as a critic, reporter, spokesman, and booster of black entertainment. The author moves on to assess Jackson's role in shaping black performance relative to the major theatrical critics W.E.B. DuBois, Theophilus Lewis, Sylvester Russell, and Romeo Dougherty. He then discusses key issues that include setting standards, improving conditions on the TOBA touring circuit, and organizing unions.

About the Author

The Author: Dr. Anthony D. Hill earned his Ph.D. from New York University in the Department of Performance Studies in 1988. Currently he is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Vassar, Queens, and Bellevue Colleges. His work has concentrated extensively on marginalized theatre practices, African American and American History, and Performance theory/criticism. Among his publications are two articles each in Billboard Publications, African American Review (formerly Black American Literature Forum), and Elimu, in addition to a review in The Journal of the Southern Central Modern Language Association.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820428642
ISBN-10: 0820428647
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2006
Pages: 188
Language: English
Series: Studies in African and Afro-American Culture