“‘The History of America Is the History of Private Property’: The Politics of Home in Clybourne Park and Beneatha’s Place”
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Buckner investigates the interwoven themes of home, hate, and history in Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (2011) and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Beneatha’s Place (2013). Each play confronts racism through the filter of humor to address how the specter of race influences individual and community efforts to realize the “American Dream” of home ownership, prosperity, and equality for all. Employing Una Chaudhuri’s materialist theories of home as a point of departure for negotiations of postmodern diaspora, Buckner argues that Norris and Kwei-Armah examine racism spatially in communities, structurally in institutions including the academy, and ideologically across the globe in both US and African contexts, in order to further contest and complicate understandings of racial identity, belonging, and the political problematics of place.
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