James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie

@article{Mitchell2012JamesBP,
  title={James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie},
  author={Koritha Mitchell},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  year={2012},
  volume={64},
  pages={33 - 60}
}
James Baldwin worked tirelessly to expose the myths that allowed Americans to delude themselves. Scholars have long recognized this as the driving force of his fiction and nonfiction, but this mission was also very much linked to Baldwin’s conception of theater. This essay culls Baldwin’s theater theory from his nonfiction, especially his seldom-discussed The Devil Finds Work (1976). Baldwin believed that theater could “re-create” people by helping us rediscover our human connection, and he… Expand
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