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dc.contributor.authorTift, Kristyl Dawn
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-14T17:56:58Z
dc.date.available2018-02-14T17:56:58Z
dc.date.issued2017-05
dc.identifier.othertift_kristyl_d_201705_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/tift_kristyl_d_201705_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/37196
dc.description.abstractThe theatre can be a space of hope where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) artists rehearse and perform identity. While much of the LGBTQ and African Diaspora performance scholarship focuses on white lesbians, white gay men, and black and Latino gay men, black lesbians have not been studied as extensively. This dissertation is the first full-length study of the works of African American lesbian/queer-identified playwrights and performance artists—Sharon Bridgforth, Shirlene Holmes, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Staceyann Chin, and Lenelle Moïse. Each artist situates black lesbian experience at the center of their narrative in complex ways for specific ends—empowerment and survival. I rely on critical race theorist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s intersectionality, feminist theorist Chela Sandoval's differential consciousness and queer-of-color performance theorist José Esteban Muñoz's disidentification to ground my theory of the utopian mo(u)rning—a mode of performance employed by 20th and 21st century African American lesbian theatre artists, which combines performative acts of mourning and hope for homemaking purposes.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAfrican diaspora
dc.subjecttheatre
dc.subjectperformance
dc.subjectblack lesbian drama
dc.subjectblack feminist drama
dc.subject20th century
dc.subject21st century
dc.subjectbutch–femme
dc.subjectfluidity
dc.subjectintersectionality
dc.subjectqueer of color
dc.titleAfrican American lesbian identity in performance
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentTheatre and Film Studies
dc.description.majorTheatre
dc.description.advisorEmily Sahakian
dc.description.committeeEmily Sahakian
dc.description.committeeFreda Giles
dc.description.committeePat Del Rey
dc.description.committeeMarla Carlson


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