Adrienne Kennedy’s work is connected to the philosophies of the Black Arts Movement, a cultural aesthetic founded by the playwright Imamu Amiri Baraka. In this movement, officially dated from 1965 to 1975, artists captured the experience of black and African-American society in poetry, theatre, and other art forms. Notably, the Black Arts Movement sought to create an alternative perspective, something in response to and refutation of mainstream white culture.
Funnyhouse of a Negro embodies this aesthetic, especially in its presentation of racial tensions--even racial tensions within the
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