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Notes: Black Theatre: Premise and Presentation by Carlton and Barbara Molette (1986) Preface “Aesthetics and standards for evaluating creative works are controlled by the evaluator’s culture and values.” (iii) “Myths of objectivity and universality. Afrocentric vs. Eurocentric concepts of time and space. African American tiruals in terms of dramatic theory. World view: how we experience the world. I. Premise Cultural values determine the qualitative values by which art is judged. Aesthetic values of African American culture are premise for African American theatre. The intended audience influences the nature of the play. W.E.B. Dubois: By us, for us, about us, near us. How we perceive the word: history, mythology, creative motif, and collective ethos. 1. Culture and Values Mythology, history, social organization, economic organization, creative motif, and ethos. In the U.S., diverse cultures profoundly influence each other. 2. Effect of Values on Analysis and Interpretation “The slave experience mandated a survival technique that must be appreciated if one is to understand the development of Afro-American theatre: technique of double meaning. Things were almost never what they seemed to be when heard or seen by white folds. The use of double meaning was a common characteristic among the early practitioners of communication art from
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