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Race in America: Selma, Joyce Carol Oates, Timberlake Wertenbaker

Anne McElvoy considers American history and racial divisions as depicted in the new novel from Joyce Carol Oates, the latest play from Timberlake Wertenbaker and the film Selma.

Joyce Carol Oates new novel The Sacrifice depicts an act of racial violence which shocks a New Jersey town. Selma dramatises on film the life of Martin Luther King. Timberlake Wertenbaker's new play Jefferson's Garden puts on stage the founding of the American state. Anne McElvoy talks to Joyce Carol Oates and Timberlake Wertenbaker and is also joined by New Generation Thinker Joanna Cohen who studies American history, by Professor Kit Davis from SOAS, and, from the US, by the writer and commentator Rebecca Carroll.

Selma directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo is on at cinemas around the country certificate 12A.
Joyce Carol Oates new novel is called The Sacrifice.
Jefferson's Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker runs at Watford Palace Theatre from 5th to 21st February.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Jefferson’s Garden

    Anne McElvoy talks to Timberlake Wertenbaker about her new play with Joanna Cohen

    Duration: 15:09

  • Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates discusses race in her new novel The Sacrifice

    Duration: 14:18

  • Selma

    Rebecca Carroll & Kit Davis review and discuss the new film, Selma

    Duration: 13:28

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Joyce Carol Oates
Interviewed Guest Timberlake Wertenbaker
Interviewed Guest Joanna Cohen
Interviewed Guest Kit Davis
Interviewed Guest Rebecca Carroll
Producer Luke Mulhall

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