Ntozake Shange

A Critical Study of The Plays

Published in the Garland Science Critical Studies on Black Life and Culture series, this volume analyzes the plays of Ntozake Shange.

According to Library Journal: "Poet, novelist, and playwright Shange burst on the scene in 1976 with the Broadway debut of her choreopoem 'for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.' Here, Lester presents a critical analysis of five of her plays and concludes that she is a writer 'enraged by and committed to writing about the injustices suffered by oppressed peoples of color, women and children.'"


Neal A. Lester is a Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he is founding director of the award-winning Project Humanities.