The second thing I'm working on is a Black womanist liberation poetics (or rather poiesis). If I'm honest with myself, this is more than likely a lifelong endeavor, but at the very least I'd like to make significant headway on the guiding principles. I haven't yet decided exactly what form I want it to take, but I'm thinking that I do not want to take an academic or journalistic style. Aside from my lack of interest in it, that approach would only serve to undermine one of the chief aims of this project: to help develop works that reclaim the subjectivity of marginalized people. Part of this is reconstructing ways of creating and interpreting dramatic media such as theatre, film, and television. The main idea is to start from one's own lived experience as the center then work outward from there.
I also want to avoid any dogmatic assertions about What Great Theatre Should Be and focus instead on what works and how.
Here's the preliminary reading list I'm working with:
- James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation
- Linda E. Thomas, Womanist Theology, Epistemology, and a New Anthropological Paradigm
- bell hooks, Black Looks: Race and Representation
- bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies
- August Wilson, The Ground on Which I Stand