The Challenges of Contemporary Criticism in Recent Studies of August Wilson


  • Dr. P. Revathy Assistant Professor Dept of English Muthurangam Govt Arts College Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Dr. V. Peruvalluthi Reader in English Registrar I/C Thiruvalluvar University Tamil Nadu, India



August Wilson was one of the most skilful African-American playwrights of this century and was one of only seven to win the Pulitzer Prize. He devoted his career to acknowledge the 20th century struggles of African-Americans, decade by decade, in a sequence of ten plays. He completed the phase soon before he died of liver cancer on October 2, 2005. The themes of racism and inequity are the core elements in his plays which are depicted in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. The selected novels are of African Americans' struggle for survival in racial separated society of America in which male characters struggling with financial problems due to their helplessness to find adequate work is a re-occurring theme in his plays, which weakens their power position in the family. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom articulate the weakness of black occupied males to make effectively in their social accepted roles and the various approaches the weak marginalized black men adopted to be considered men in America. This paper is aimed to study of the inability and subjectivity of the marginalized African Americans.


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How to Cite

Revathy, D. P., & Peruvalluthi, D. V. (2019). The Challenges of Contemporary Criticism in Recent Studies of August Wilson. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(11), 12.