Touching history: Suzan-lori parks, Robbie McCauley and the black body

Harvey Young*

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This essay closely reads two contemporary performance projects by Suzan-Lori Parks (Venus) and Robbie McCauley (Sally’s Rape). It examines how the authors (re)present black history on stage, manipulate language to reveal a particular, repeating experience of blackness, and center the body as the site where these accumulated repeating experiences visibly express themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-153
Number of pages20
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003


  • Blackness
  • Body
  • Robbie McCauley
  • Sally’s Rape
  • Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Venus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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