The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard / Edition 1

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Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed "on" and "off" Broadway as well as in all the major regional American theaters. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and a scholarly audience. This companion explores the various aspects of Shepard's career, providing fascinating first-hand accounts and substantial critical chapters on the plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work.
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"Materials that give this volume an advantage over any other recent studies include a lengthy interview with Shepard (conducted in May 2000), an essay by Roudane on the preproduction/publication script of The Late Henry Moss, and a brief note by Joseph Chaikin ("On Sam Shepard").... Highly recommended." Choice

"The best collection of scholarly essays on [American] drama this year." American Literary Scolarship

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521777667
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Roudané, Professor of English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, specializes in American Drama. He has published widely on recent American theater, including Understanding Edward Albee (1987), Conversations with Arthur Miller (1987), Contemporary American Dramatists (1989), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Necessary Fictions, Terrifying Realities (1990), Public Issues, Private Tensions: Contemporary American Drama (1993), Approaches to Teaching Miller's Death of a Salesman (1995), American Drama since 1960: A Critical History (1996), and The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams (1997). He also is a contributor to Christopher Bigsby's The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller and to Don Wilmeth and Christopher Bigsby's The Cambridge History of American Drama, Vol. 3 (2000). Roudané is the editor of the South Atlantic Review.
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Introduction Matthew Roudané; 1. Born injured: the theatre of Sam Shepard Christopher Bigsby; 2. Shepard and Off-Off Broadway: the unseen hand of Theatre Genesis Stephen J. Bottoms; 3. Shepard on Shepard: an interview Matthew Roudané; 4. On Sam Shepard Joseph Chaikin; 5. Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard in Collaboration Marc Robinson; 6. Repetition and regression in Curse of the Starving Class and Buried Child Thomas P. Adler; 7. Shepard writes about writing Brenda Murphy; 8. Reflections of the past in True West and A Lie of the Mind Leslie Kane; 9. Patriarchal pathology from The Holy Ghostly to Silent Tongue Carla J. McDonough; 10. The classic Western and Sam Shepard's family sagas John Clum; 11. European textures: adapting Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus Johan Callens; 12. Sam Shepard and the cinema Kimball King; 13. Sam Shepard as musical experimenter David DeRose; 14. Sam Shepard's non-dramatic writings Ann C. Hall; 15. States of Shock, Simpatico, and Eyes for Consuela: Sam Shepard's plays of the 1990s Leslie Wade; 16. Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss Matthew Roudané; 17. Sam Shepard: a bibliographic essay and production overview Susan Abbotson; Index.
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