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Fences (1985): ENG 101

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching August Wilson's Fences

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Recommended Secondary Sources for ENG 101 Students

Heard, Elisabeth J., and August Wilson. "August Wilson on Playwriting: An Interview." African American Review, vol. 35, no. 1, Spring 2001, pp. 93–102. JSTOR, doi:10.2307/2903337. 

Koprince, Susan. "Baseball as History and Myth in August Wilson's Fences." African American Review, vol. 40, no. 2, Summer 2006, pp. 349–58. JSTOR, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://www.jstor.org/stable/40033723.

Letzler, David. "Walking Around the Fences: Troy Maxson and the Ideology of 'Going Down Swinging.'" African American Review, vol. 47, no. 2/3, Summer/Fall 2014, pp. 301–12. JSTOR, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://www.jstor.org/stable/24589755.

Lyons, Bonnie, and August Wilson. "An Interview with August Wilson." Contemporary Literature, vol. 40, no. 1, Spring 1999, pp. 1–21. JSTOR, doi:10.2307/1208817.

Shannon, Sandra. "What Is a Black Play? Tales from My Theoretical Corner." Theatre Journal, vol. 57, no. 4, Dec. 2005, pp. 603–605. JSTOR, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://www.jstor.org/stable/25069727.

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Additional relevant scholarly articles and book chapters available through Truxal Library’s databases:

Brewer, Gaylord. "Holy and Unholy Ghosts: The Legacy of the Father in the Plays of August Wilson." Drama Criticism, edited by Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 31, Gale, 2008, pp. 255-67. Gale Literature, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/QEJXMP016310105/GLS?u=aacc_ref&sid=GLS&xid=98605c4b. Originally published in Naming the Father: Legacies, Genealogies, and Explorations of Fatherhood in Modern and Contemporary Literature, edited by Eva Paulino Bueno, et al., Lexington Books, 2000, pp. 120-39.

Elam, Harry J., Jr. "August Wilson, Doubling, Madness, and Modern African-American Drama." Modern Drama, vol. 43, no. 4, Winter 2000, pp. 611-32. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/mdr2000.0085. 

Elam, Harry J., JR. "August Wilson's Women." May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, edited by Alan Nadel, U of Iowa P, 1993, pp. 165-182. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/191256.

Elam, Harry J., Jr. "Fools and Babes." The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson, U of Michigan P, 2004, pp.57-87. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/1604454.

Elam, Harry J., Jr. "Men of August." The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson, U of Michigan P, 2004, pp. 127-65. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/1604456.

Elam, Harry J., Jr. "The Woman Question." The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson, U of Michigan P, 2004, pp. 88-126. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/1604455.

Harris-Lopez, Trudier. "The Necessary Binding: Prison Experiences in Three August Wilson Plays." Drama Criticism, edited by Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 31, Gale, 2008. Gale Literature, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/H1420082401/GLS?u=aacc_ref&sid=GLS&xid=c14457a4e. Originally published in South of Tradition: Essays on African American Literature, University of Georgia Press, 2002, pp. 121-39.

Kubitschek, Missy Dehn. "August Wilson’s Gender Lesson." May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, edited by Alan Nadel, U of Iowa P, 1993, pp. 183-99. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/191257.

Nadel, Alan. "Boundaries, Logistics, and Identity: The Property of Metaphor in Fences and Joe Turner's Come and Gone." May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, edited by Alan Nadel, U of Iowa P, 1993, pp. 86-104. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/191251.

Nowatzki, Robert C. "Legitimate Black Heroes: The Negro Leagues, Jackie Robinson, and the National Pastime in African American Literature." NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, vol. 24, no. 1-2, Fall-Spring 2015-16, pp. 103-15. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/nin.2015.0035. 

Rutter, Emily. "Barry Beckham's Runner Mack and the Tradition of Black Baseball Literature." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 42, no. 1, Spring 2017, p. 74-93. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/article/658254.

Saunders, James Robert. "Essential Ambiguities in the Plays of August Wilson." Hollins Critic, vol. 32, no. 5, Dec. 1995, pp. 1-XX. Gale Academic Onefile, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A130930168/AONE?u=aacc_ref&sid=AONE&xid=a03d91a8.

Shannon, Sandra G. "Audience and Africanisms in August Wilson’s Dramaturgy." African American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader, edited by Harry J. Elam and David Krasner, Oxford UP, 2001. ProQuest Ebook Central, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.aacc.edu/lib/aacc-ebooks/reader.action?docID=241297&ppg=164.

Shannon, Sandra G. "The Ground on Which I Stand: August Wilson’s Perspectives on African American Women." May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, edited by Alan Nadel, U of Iowa P, 1993, pp. 150-64. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/191257.

Sterling, Eric. "Protecting Home: Patriarchal Authority in August Wilson's Fences." Drama Criticism, edited by Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 31, Gale, 2008. Gale Literature, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://gale.com/apps/doc/ZYETIA782604899/GLS?u=aacc_ref&sid=GLS&xid=245d5755. Originally published in Essays in Theatre/Etudes Théâtrales , vol. 17, no. 1, Nov. 1998, pp. 53-62.

Timpane, John. "Filling the Time: Reading History in the Drama of August Wilson." May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, edited by Alan Nadel, U of Iowa P, 1993, pp. 67-85. Project MUSE, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/191250.

Üsekes, Çigdem. "'You Always Under Attack': Whiteness As Law and Terror in August Wilson's Twentieth-Century Cycle of Plays." Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Janet Witalec, vol. 126, Gale, 2002. Gale Literature, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/IPJGQD606478133/GLS?u=aacc_ref&sid=GLS&xid=3af8525c. Originally published in American Dramas, vol. 10, no. 2, Summer 2001, pp. 48-68.

Walton, James E. "Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman and Fences's Troy Maxson: Pursuers of the Elusive American Dream." Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Thomas J. Schoenberg, vol. 210, Gale, 2009. Gale Literature, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/JMADUV918908077/GLS?u=aacc_ref&sid=GLS&xid=68c9e5ce. Originally published in CLA Journal, vol. 47, no. 1, Sept. 2003, pp. 55-65.

Weber, Miles. "Rescuing the Tragic Bully in August Wilson’s Fences. Southern Review, vol. 50, no. 4, Autumn 2014, pp. 648-74. Academic Search Premier, ezproxy.aacc.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=99097043&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Wardi, Anissa Janine. "From 1727 Bedford Street to 1839 Wylie Avenue: Home in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle." University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 82, no. 1, Winter 2013, pp. 41-61. Academic Search Premier, doi:10.3138/utq.82.1.44.

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