Preaching the Blues Black Feminist Performance in Lynching Plays

Preaching the Blues Black Feminist Performance in Lynching Plays

Mar 07, 2020, 03:00 pm at Auburn Avenue Research Library

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Event Address: 101 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, USA


The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Dr. Maisha S. Akbar, who will discuss her latest publication, Preaching the Blues: Black Feminist Performance in Lynching Plays.

Preaching the Blues examines several lynching plays to foreground black women’s performances as non-normative subjects who challenge white supremacist ideology. Maisha S. Akbar's scholarship 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.

Dr. 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

Event Start Date: Mar 07, 2020 03:00 pm

Event End Date: Mar 07, 2020 06:00 pm

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