Space in August Wilson’s Fences

Hossein Pirnajmuddin, Shirin Sharar Teymoortash


This paper tries to examine the idea or rather the metaphor of space in August Wilson’s Fences. It is argued that Wilson, mostly through the deft handling of the multivalent metaphor of ‘fences’, tends to inform his play spatially. In an attempt to refine our understanding of African-American experience the play offers different perspectives and delineates multiple experiential spaces (geographical, historical, socio-economic, racial, political, psychological, linguistic) marked off by all kinds of ‘fences’ (borders). As such, it is suggested, Wilson’s play exhibits a modernist aesthetic impulse.
Key words: August Wilson; Fences; space; metaphor; African-American experience


August Wilson; Fences; space; metaphor; African-American experience


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