Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Reviewed in Modern Drama and Reviews in American History

In the Spring 2013 issue of Modern Drama, award-winning theatre historian Harvey Young calls Living with Lynching "insightful and well-researched."  He finds, "...Mitchell spotlights the labour and presence of female playwrights in the origination of African American drama and challenges historical studies that identify male authors as the catalysing force in its development. Mitchell’s assertion is bold and persuasive."

See Modern Drama 56.1 (Spring 2013):  137 - 40.

In the Spring 2013 issue of Reviews in American History, historian Dennis Downey, who teaches at Millersville University, sees value in Living with Lynching mostly to the extent that it seems to align with the work of someone he can respect: renowned theologian
James H. Cone. I admire Cone and his work, so I certainly don't mind being put in that company.  

With Cone's approaches helping to redeem Living with Lynching, Downey says (among other things), "Mitchell notes with keen insight, African Americans interpreted lynching as a direct assault on individuals, group identity, and domestic stability. 'In all lynching dramas,' she writes in summary, 'homes, not just bodies, are victimized.'" 

See Reviews in American History 41.1 (March 2013):  87 - 93. 

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