Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Theatre

Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Theatre

by Sarah Bay-Cheng
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415977231

ISBN-13: 9780415977234

Pub. Date: 09/29/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Mama Dada is the first book to examine Gertrude Stein's drama within the history of the theatrical and cinematic avant-gardes. Since the publication of Stein's major writings by the Library of America in 1998, interest in her dramatic writing has escalated, particularly in American avant-garde theaters. This book addresses the growing interest in Stein's theater by

Overview

Mama Dada is the first book to examine Gertrude Stein's drama within the history of the theatrical and cinematic avant-gardes. Since the publication of Stein's major writings by the Library of America in 1998, interest in her dramatic writing has escalated, particularly in American avant-garde theaters. This book addresses the growing interest in Stein's theater by offering the first detailed analyses of her major plays, and by considering them within a larger history of avant-garde performance. In addition to comparing Stein's plays and theories to those generated by Dadaists, Surrealists, and Futurists, this study further explores the uniqueness of Stein via these theatrical movements, including discussions of her interest in American life and drama, which argues that a significant and heretofore unrecognized relationship exists among the histories of avant-garde drama, cinema, and homosexuality. By examining and explaining the relationship among these three histories, the dramatic writings of Stein can best be understood, not only as examples of literary modernism, but also as influential dramatic works that have had a lasting effect on the American theatrical avant-

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415977234
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/29/2005
Series:
Studies in Modern Drama Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Note
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1
INTRODUCTION

Chapter 2
"EYES ARE A SURPRISE": THE ORIGINS OF GERTRUDE STEIN'S DRAMA IN CINEMA

Chapter 3
"LISTEN TO ME": STEIN AND AVANT-GARDE THEATER

Chapter 4
ATOM AND EVE: DOCTOR FAUSTUS LIGHTS THE LIGHTS

Chapter 5
"MY LONG LIFE": FINAL WORKS

Chapter 6:
"AMERICA IS MY COUNTRY": GERTRUDE STEIN AND THE AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE

Appendix A
A Chronological List of Gertrude Stein's Plays

Appendix B
A Chronological List of Professional Productions

Appendix C
A Chronological List of Dramatic Adaptations

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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