Syllabus for August Wilson Study Group
Week 1 – Introduction to the American Century Cycle and the first play, Jitney
TheaterTalk (Tony-award winning cast): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfe8tRYKzdQ. Accessed August 24, 2018
NYTimes review of Jitney – Ben Brantley
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/theater/jitney-review-august-wilson.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fben-brantley&action=click&contentCollection=undefined®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=239&pgtype=collection. Accessed August 24, 2018
Short clip from Jitney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=YUQ_6gXJnG0. Accessed August 24, 2018
History of the 70’s
https://www.thoughtco.com/african-american-history-timeline-1970-1979-45445. Accessed August 24, 2018
Background pieces on August Wilson
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/august-wilson-the-ground-on-which-i-stand-scenes-and-synposes-of-august-wilsons-10-play-cycle/3701/ . Accessed August 24, 2018
http://old.seattletimes.com/html/obituaries/2002536239_august03.html. Accessed August 24, 2018
Bill Moyers interview on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgjnNaMweBw. Accessed August 24, 2018
A You Tube playlist of excerpts from all the plays: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0Lvs-e_eIXast5sdFxGHzmb3wRMWVTMP Accessed August 24, 2018
The Light in August Wilson – Suzi-Lori Parks interview https://www.americantheatre.org/2005/11/01/the-light-in-august-wilson-a-career-a-century-a-lifetime/. Accessed August 24, 2018
Minnesota Public Radio interview: https://www.mprnews.org/listen?name=/minnesota/news/features/2016/12/23/augustwilson_archives_ek_20161223_64.mp3. Accessed August 24, 2018
Here is the link to the whole website from Minnesota Public Radio:
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/archives-august-wilson-fences-film-lou-bellamy. Accessed August 24, 2018
Elkins, Marilyn (ed). August Wilson: A Casebook. From the series “Casebooks of Modern Dramatists.” Garland Publishers, Inc. 1994.
Nadal, Alan (ed). May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson. University of Iowa Press. 1994.
*Shannon, Sandra. The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson. Howard University Press. 1995
Bryer, Jackson and Hartig, Mary C. (eds). Conversations with August Wilson. University Press of Mississippi. 2006.
Nadal, Alan (ed). August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth- Century Cycle. University of Iowa Press. 2010.
*Temple, Riley. Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed. Cascade Books. 2017.
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