The American Play: 1787-2000

The American Play: 1787-2000

by Marc Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300170041

ISBN-13: 9780300170047

Pub. Date: 07/12/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this brilliant study, Marc Robinson explores more than two hundred years of plays, styles, and stagings of American theater. Mapping the changing cultural landscape from the late eighteenth century to the start of the twenty-first, he explores how theater has—and has not—changed and offers close readings of plays by O’Neill, Stein, Wilder, Miller

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In this brilliant study, Marc Robinson explores more than two hundred years of plays, styles, and stagings of American theater. Mapping the changing cultural landscape from the late eighteenth century to the start of the twenty-first, he explores how theater has—and has not—changed and offers close readings of plays by O’Neill, Stein, Wilder, Miller, and Albee, as well as by important but perhaps lesser known dramatists such as Wallace Stevens, Jean Toomer, Djuna Barnes, and many others. Robinson reads each work in an ambitiously interdisciplinary context, linking advances in theater to developments in American literature, dance, and visual art.

The author is particularly attentive to the continuities in American drama, and expertly teases out recurring themes, such as the significance of visuality. He avoids neatly categorizing nineteenth- and twentieth-century plays and depicts a theater more restive and mercurial than has been recognized before. Robinson proves both a fascinating and thought-provoking critic and a spirited guide to the history of American drama.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300170047
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction....................1
1. Envisioning the Nineteenth Century....................25
2. Staging the Civil War....................65
3. Realism against Itself....................106
4. The Borders of Modernism....................157
5. Between the Acts....................214
6. Changing Decorum....................257
7. Returning to Neutral....................310
Notes....................355
Index....................391

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