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Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Craig R. Prentiss


In the years between the Harlem Renaissance and World War II, African American playwrights gave birth to a vital black theater movement in the United States. It was a movement overwhelmingly concerned with the role of religion in black identity. In a time of profound social transformation fueled by a massive migration from the rural south to the urban-industrial centers of the north, scripts penned by dozens of black playwrights reflected cultural tensions, often rooted in class, that revealed competing conceptions of religion's role in the formation of racial identity. Black playwrights point ... More

Keywords: African American playwrights, black theater movement, black identity, religion, cultural tension, African American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814707951
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814707951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig R. Prentiss, author