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Jennings, La Vinia Delois

Overview
Works: 10 works in 50 publications in 1 language and 3,909 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3505.H76, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by La Vinia Delois Jennings
Alice Childress by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A founding member of the American Negro Theatre, Childress became in 1952 the first African-American woman to see her play (Gold through the Trees) professionally produced in New York and in 1956 the first to receive an Obie Award (for Trouble in Mind). She is perhaps best known today, for A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich, her 1973 novel for young adults about a 13-year-old black boy addicted to heroin. At the time of her death in 1994, Childress could lay claim to a writing career of more than 40 years in which she examined with honesty and passion the meaning of being black, and especially of being black and female, in a culture where being white and male was what counted. As Childress herself once said, "I concentrate on portraying have-nots in a have society."
Toni Morrison and the idea of Africa by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Toni Morrison's fiction has been read as a contribution to and critique of Western civilization and Christianity. La Vinia Delois Jennings reveals the fundamental role African traditional religious symbols play in her work. Based on extensive research into West African religions and philosophy, Jennings uncovers and interprets the African themes, images, and cultural resonances in Morrison's fiction. She shows how symbols brought to the America's by enslaved West Africans are used by Morrison in her landscapes, interior spaces, and on the bodies of her characters. Jennings's analysis of these symbols demonstrates that a West African collective worldview informs both Morrison's work and contemporary African-American life and culture. This important contribution to Morrison studies will be of great interest to scholars of African-American literature."--Jacket
At home and abroad : historicizing twentieth-century whiteness in literature and performance by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring new critical essays by scholars from Europe, South America, and the United States, At Home and Abroad presents a wide-ranging look at how whiteness-defined in terms of race or ethnicity-forms a category toward which people strive in order to gain power and privilege. Collectively these pieces treat global spaces whose nation building and identity formation have turned on biological and genealogical exigencies to whiten themselves.Drawing upon racialized, national practices implemented prior to and during the twentieth century, each of the essays enlists literature or per
A short walk by Alice Childress( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Famed dramatist and author Alice Childress portrays her protagonist's "short walk" through life. During the early half of the twentieth century, Cora James experiences political movements, the easy life of dealing poker in a Harlem card parlor, and the more grueling demands of the vaudeville circuit. She emerges as the woman of stature she always vowed to become
Margaret Garner : the premiere performances of Toni Morrison's libretto by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In January 1856, Margaret Garner--an enslaved woman on a Kentucky plantation--ran with members of her family to the free state of Ohio. As slave catchers attempted to capture the fugitives in Cincinnati, Garner killed her own two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to prevent her return to slavery. This infanticide became the subject of Toni Morrison libretto Margaret Garner: Opera in Two Acts, a lyrical text designed to be paired with music and sung operatically. Composer Richard Danielpour had tapped Morrison to write the libretto for his opera Margaret Garner: A New American Opera. La Vinia Delois Jennings's edited volume records key events, debates, and critical assessments of Morrison's success with Garner's story as a libretto. It also includes essays by individuals who played central roles in bringing the opera to the stage and recovering Garner's story. The collection opens with a foreword by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, for whom Danielpour composed the title role. The other contributors range from literary and opera scholars to specialists in American slavery studies and scholars of Toni Morrison's oeuvre. Their essays position her libretto within the African American operatic and libretto tradition, a tradition not fully known to performance scholars and heretofore unexamined. -- From the dust jacket
Sexual violence in the works of Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison by La Vinia Delois Jennings( )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At Home and Abroad: Historicizing Twentieth-century Whiteness in Literature and Performance (Tennessee studies in literature ; v. 44) by La Vinia Delois Jennings( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A Death of dreams : a dramatic adaptation of William Hoffman's novel by La Vinia Delois Jennings( )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

At home and abroad historicizing twentieth-century whiteness in literature and performance( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Alice Childress
Alternative Names
Delois-Jennings, L.

Delois Jennings, La Vinia

Jennings, La Vinia D.

Languages
English (45)

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Toni Morrison and the idea of AfricaAt home and abroad : historicizing twentieth-century whiteness in literature and performanceA short walkAt home and abroad historicizing twentieth-century whiteness in literature and performance