American Drama 1945-2000: An Introduction

American Drama 1945-2000: An Introduction

by David Krasner
     
 

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This succinct text gives readers an overview of how American drama developed from the end of the Second World War to the turn of the twenty-first century. It provides a balanced assessment of the major plays and playwrights of the period, and shows how they broke new ground in their contribution to political, economic, social and cultural debates, as well as in

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This succinct text gives readers an overview of how American drama developed from the end of the Second World War to the turn of the twenty-first century. It provides a balanced assessment of the major plays and playwrights of the period, and shows how they broke new ground in their contribution to political, economic, social and cultural debates, as well as in their innovative dramaturgical strategies.

In particular, the author shows how theatre and drama experienced the flourishing of Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatres, as well as trends such as realism, naturalism, melodrama, irony, satire, modernism, avant-garde, and experimentalism. Themes and movements highlighted include: the American dream of wealth and the desire for spiritual sustenance; conflicts in the American family; and the struggles for racial, gender, ethnic, and sexual equality.

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

"This excellent, brief survey will pique the interest of readers enough to send them off to the plays themselves. It is a must for younger scholars and a good starting point for specialists ... Essential." Choice

“An astute and timely reminder of the sheer range and variety of American drama as it rose to international prominence, a drama that engaged national myths and realities, anxieties and hopes, as they were reflected in the lives of those who lived out what Henry Luce called ‘the American Century’.” Christopher Bigsby, University of East Anglia

“Strong and engaging … .A fine resource … that the reader can use as a guide to further historical and thematic thinking.” Text and Presentation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405120876
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/20/2006
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature Series, #23
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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