Amiri Baraka | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Helene Keyssar

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Amiri Baraka.
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Critical Essay by Helene Keyssar

SOURCE: "Lost Illusions, New Visions: Imamu Amiri Baraka's 'Dutchman,'" in The Curtain and the Veil: Strategies in Black Drama, Burt Franklin & Co., 1981, pp. 147-76.

In the following excerpt, Keyssar argues that Baraka has portrayed the main characters of "Dutchman" realistically, not just symbolically, thereby intensifying their effect on the audience.

There is, as in most drama, an attempt in "Dutchman" to change the spectator's way of looking at the world. "Dutchman," however, works in such a way that for spectators as well as stage characters, changes in perspective vary according to whether one is black or white. "Dutchman" makes manifest the ambivalent intentions that have been disguised or latent in earlier black dramas. While "Great Goodness of Life" and other black revolutionary dramas...

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