Approaches to Teaching Miller's Death of a Salesman / Edition 1

Approaches to Teaching Miller's Death of a Salesman / Edition 1

by Matthew Charles Roudane
     
 

"If one were to hazard a guess as to what American play is the most studied at the university level," writes Matthew C. Roudan , "it might not be too fanciful to suggest Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman." As this volume attests, not only is the play extensively taught; it also lends itself to a range of instructional approaches. The book is divided into two

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"If one were to hazard a guess as to what American play is the most studied at the university level," writes Matthew C. Roudan , "it might not be too fanciful to suggest Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman." As this volume attests, not only is the play extensively taught; it also lends itself to a range of instructional approaches. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," surveys editions, anthologies, and a large selection of published works on Miller. Part 2, "Approaches," comprises fourteen concise, helpful essays by experienced instructors. The approaches described include considering Death of a Salesman as the "quintessential" American play; focusing on the importance of the stage directions and scenery; comparing Willy Loman with salesmen in plays by O'Neill and Mamet; and reading the play from psychoanalytic, poststructuralist, sociological, and feminist perspectives. The extensive works-cited list at the end of the volume includes audiovisual aids.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873527286
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Series:
Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume
Pt. 1Materials
Pt. 2Approaches
Contextualizing Death of a Salesman as an American Play27
Utilizing the Initial Stage Directions in Death of a Salesman33
Celebrating Stylistic Contradictions: Death of a Salesman from a Theatrical Perspective37
Miller's Mindscape: A Scenic Approach to Death of a Salesman45
"The Woods Are Burning": Expressionism in Death of a Salesman52
The Dramatist as Salesman: A Rhetorical Analysis of Miller's Intentions and Effects62
Miller's Use and Modification of the Realist Tradition74
The Crisis of Authenticity: Death of a Salesman and the Tragic Muse82
The Sociosymbolic Work of Family in Death of a Salesman102
Beyond the Male Locker Room: Death of a Salesman from a Feminist Perspective115
Why Willy Is Confused: The Effects of a Paradigm Shift in Death of a Salesman125
Family and History in Death of a Salesman134
Re-membering Willy's Past: Introducing Postmodern Concerns through Death of a Salesman142
"Oh, God I Hate This Job"155
Contributors and Survey Participants163
Works Cited164
Index175

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