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Preaching the Blues

Black Feminist Performance in Lynching Plays, 1st Edition

By Maisha S. Akbar


138 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Preaching the Blues: Black Feminist Performance in Lynching Plays examines several lynching plays to foreground black women’s performances as non-normative subjects who challenge white supremacist ideology.

Maisha S. Akbar re-maps the study of lynching drama by examining plays that are contingent upon race-based settings in black households versus white households. She also discusses performances of lynching plays at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the South and reviews lynching plays closely tied to black school campuses. By focusing on current examples and impacts of lynching plays in the public sphere, this book grounds this historical form of theatre in the present day with depth and relevance.

Of interest to scholars and students of both general Theatre and Performance Studies, and of African American Theatre and Drama, Preaching the Blues foregrounds the importance of black feminist artists in lynching culture and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. A Blueswoman Matters: Black Women’s Feminisms in Anti-Lynching Plays 2. Saving White Face: Examining Anti-Lynching Plays Set in White Households 3. Sketches from a Black Feminist Professor’s Notebook: Staging Lynching Plays at an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the South Epilogue Index

About the Author

Maisha S. Akbar is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Fort Valley State University, where she is founding coordinator of a Theatre and Performance Studies academic curriculum. Dr. Akbar’s research interests include black feminist performance studies and psychoanalysis. More information on her work can be found at

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / American / African American
DRAMA / Women Authors
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
HISTORY / African American
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory