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Perspectives Week 4 Part 1 Notes

by: Consuela Horton

Perspectives Week 4 Part 1 Notes Pers 2001

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Notes from 9/12/16. Day of Absence Part Two. Mimicry, Cultural Appropriation Douglas Turner Ward
Perspectives in International Drama: Theatre of the Oppressed
Dr. Frank Miller
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Consuela Horton on Sunday September 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Pers 2001 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. Frank Miller in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 16 views. For similar materials see Perspectives in International Drama: Theatre of the Oppressed in Perspectives in the Creative Arts at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 09/25/16
Monday, September 12, 2016 Day of Absence Part 2 Mimicry - The tendency of colonized to imitate their colonizers - The oppressed used mimicry to their advantage - Colonized performs as themselves but dressed as the colonizer • Used satirically - Culture is a performance - Colonizer takes negative things and put it on the colonized • Usually things the colonizers are afraid they are Cultural Appropriation • When the colonizer mimics the colonized - Drag queens snapping, white hip hop artists Mimicry in Day of Absence • Mayor’s brother in law - He passes for white. What’s the difference between the races if it’s so easy to pass for white? • Whiteface • When the minority mock the minority it is a wake-up call. • When the majority mock the minority, it is a way of staying in power and oppressing them. Douglas Turner Ward (1930-) • His parents were sharecroppers who saved enough to buy a tailor shop. • He started out as a reporter 1 Monday, September 12, 2016 - Mainly communist papers and liberal papers - He went to meetings where plays were put on. He started out writing for those plays. - He began writing theatre full time in 1950. • In 1959 Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun - It was the first time a play was written about, by and directed by a black. - He had a small role in the play • He wrote Day of Absence in 1964, it was done in a black theatre ran by Robert Hooks. - It did so well, it was moved to a commercial theatre for a year. • In 1969 he wrote a letter to the New York Times - He wrote them about having more black theatre owners because there were only about forty in the U.S. • In 1967 he and Hooks created the Negro Ensemble Company (1967-) - Theatre outside of broadway in New York - Students involved in art programs have lower pregnancy rates, drop out rates, and crime rates. They usually go to college more often. 2


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