A Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama / Edition 1

A Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama / Edition 1

by David Krasner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405110880

ISBN-13: 9781405110884

Pub. Date: 12/27/2004

Publisher: Wiley

This Companion provides an authoritative survey of twentieth-century American drama studies. Comprising over 30 original essays written by some of the best scholars and critics in the field, it emphasizes research and in-depth analysis, and is informed by debates drawn from past and present dramaturgical discussions.

The volume balances studies of leading

Overview

This Companion provides an authoritative survey of twentieth-century American drama studies. Comprising over 30 original essays written by some of the best scholars and critics in the field, it emphasizes research and in-depth analysis, and is informed by debates drawn from past and present dramaturgical discussions.

The volume balances studies of leading dramatists, such as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and Gertrude Stein, with discussion of previously marginalized playwrights. The contributors examine the movements and themes that framed these playwrights’ work, such as the Harlem Renaissance, lesbian and gay drama, and the solo performances of the 1980s and 1990s. They also situate twentieth-century American drama within larger discussions about American ideas and culture, allowing readers both to get an overview and to make new connections between particular plays and playwrights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405110884
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/27/2004
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.95(h) x 1.92(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     x
Notes on Contributors     xii
Foreword   Molly Smith     xvii
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction: The Changing Perceptions of American Drama   David Krasner     1
American Drama, 1900-1915   Mark Evans Bryan     3
Ethnic Theatre in America   Rachel Shteir     18
Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell: Staging Feminism and Modernism, 1915-1941   J. Ellen Gainor   Jerry Dickey     34
American Experimentalism, American Expressionism, and Early O'Neill   Deanna M. Toten Beard     53
Many-Faceted Mirror: Drama as Reflection of Uneasy Modernity in the 1920s   Felicia Hardison Londre     69
Playwrights and Plays of the Harlem Renaissance   Annemarie Bean     91
Reading Across the 1930s   Anne Fletcher     106
Famous Unknowns: The Dramas of Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein   Sarah Bay-Cheng     127
Eugene O'Neill: American Drama and American Modernism   David Krasner     142
Fissures Beneath the Surface: Drama in the 1940s and 1950s   Thomas P. Adler     159
Tennessee Williams   Brenda A. Murphy     175
Expressing andExploring Faith: Religious Drama in America   Peter Civetta     192
The American Jewishness of Arthur Miller   Murray Biggs     209
Drama of the 1960s   Christopher Olsen     229
Fifteen-Love, Thirty-Love: Edward Albee   Steven Price     247
The Drama of the Black Arts Movement   Mike Sell     263
Sam Shepard and the American Sunset: Enchantment of the Mythic West   Leslie A. Wade     285
Staging the Binary: Asian American Theatre in the Late Twentieth Century   Daphne Lei     301
August Wilson   Harry J. Elam, Jr.     318
Native American Drama   Ann Haugo     334
John Guare and the Popular Culture Hype of Celebrity Status   Gene A. Plunka     352
Writing Beyond Borders: A Survey of US Latina/o Drama   Tiffany Ana Lopez     370
"Off the Porch and into the Scene": Southern Women Playwrights Beth Henley, Marsha Norman, Rebecca Gilman, and Jane Martin   Linda Rohrer Paige     388
David Mamet: America on the American Stage   Janet V. Haedicke     406
1970-1990: Disillusionment, Identity, and Discovery   Mark Fearnow     423
Maria Irene Fornes: Acts of Translation   Andrew Sofer      440
From Eccentricity to Endurance: Jewish Comedy and the Art of Affirmation   Julia Listengarten     456
Repercussions and Remainders in the Plays of Paula Vogel: An Essay in Five Moments   Ann Pellegrini     473
Lesbian and Gay Drama   Jill Dolan     486
American Drama of the 1990s On and Off-Broadway   June Schlueter     504
Solo Performance Drama: The Self as Other?   Stephen J. Bottoms     519
Experimental Drama at the End of the Century   Ehren Fordyce     536
Index     552

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