“New Money” and the Circulating Black Body in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone


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The work investigates the role of money and economic relations in social constructions of race in the work of African American playwright August Wilson, specifically his play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. The work finds that Wilson’s play associates the money economy with a particularly American anxiety over the slipperiness of the verbal and visual (and theatrical) sign, and attempts to transcend this “logic of naturalism,” working toward a new way of thinking about Black identity and recording Black history in America.

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