Modern Dramatists: A Casebook of the Major British and American Playwrights

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A comprehensive collection of insightful literary overviews of the foremost British, Irish, and American playwrights and plays of the late twentieth century, providing a valuable critical tool for informed readers of dramatic literature. Taken together, the twenty-six essays, written by leading figures in drama and theatre studies, reveal the tremendous range and vitality of modern theatre in England, Ireland, and the United States.
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New York, NY 2001 Trade paperback New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 325 p. Studies in Modern Drama, 14. Audience: General/trade.

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A comprehensive collection of insightful literary overviews of the foremost British, Irish, and American playwrights and plays of the late twentieth century, providing a valuable critical tool for informed readers of dramatic literature. Taken together, the twenty-six essays, written by leading figures in drama and theatre studies, reveal the tremendous range and vitality of modern theatre in England, Ireland, and the United States.
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Manchesteronstage.co.uk
...this is a useful and very reasonably priced introduction to an attractive series, which will undoubtedly tempt you to delve further into the life of at least one of the playwrights covered.
Library Journal
This collection of 26 essays is derived from Garland's "Casebook on Modern Dramatists" series in response to reader's requests for a single volume on recent dramatists. The essays reprinted here do not exceed 20 pages in length and run the (alphabetical) gamut from John Arden to Lanford Wilson. The quality of each essay is high; the opinions and observations are insightful, and the writing is accessible to the persistent undergraduate or theater practitioner. Two particular favorites: Tish Dace's "Who Wrote John Arden's Plays?" is an impassioned appeal for the recognition of Margaretta D'Arcy's collaboration with Arden on all of his work, while Laura Hanson's "Broadway Babies" documents the evolving female character in Stephen Sondheim's work, of particular interest to actors and directors. But who is the audience for this anthology? Judging by holdings information, the individual volumes of the series have penetrated the library market rather successfully. The present work, in its paperback format, would be of most value to students, actors, directors, and dramaturgs and as supplementary reading for dramatic literature courses. Recommended to undergraduate collections without most of the volumes of the original series. Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815339267
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Studies in Modern Drama Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Note
Introduction
List of Articles
Who Wrote "John Arden's" Plays? 1
Ayckbourn's Theatricality 19
Empire of Light: Luminosity and Space in Beckett's Theater 33
The Romans in Britain: Aspirations and Anxieties of a Radical Playwright 49
Monsters and Heroines: Caryl Churchill's Women 61
More Real than Realism: Horton Foote's Impressionism 75
Negotiating History, Negotiating Myth: Friel among His Contemporaries 93
Hedda's Children: Simon Gray's Anti-heroes 107
Romanticism and Reaction: Hampton's Transformation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses 117
Playing with Place: Some Filmic Techniques in the Plays of David Hare 133
Master Class and the Paradox of the Diva 153
Phallus in Wonderland: Machismo and Business in David Mamet's American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross 167
A Place at the Table: Hunger as Metaphor in Lillian Hellman's Days to Come and Marsha Norman's 'night, Mother 177
The Personal, the Political, and the Postmodern in Osborne's Look Back in Anger and Dejavu 197
The Dumb Waiter, The Collection, The Lover, and The Homecoming: A Revisionist Approach 219
What's Wrong with this Picture? David Rabe's Comic-Strip Plays 229
The Artistic Trajectory of Peter Shaffer 241
Great Expectations: Language and the Problem of Presence in Sam Shepard's Writing 257
Funny Money in New York and London: Neil Simon and Alan Ayckbourn 273
Broadway Babies: Images of Women in the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim 293
From Zurich to Brazil with Tom Stoppard 311
David Storey's Aesthetic of "Invisible Events" 325
Female Laughter and Comic Possibilities: Uncommon Women and Others 339
Vision and Reality: Their Very Own and Golden City and Centre 42 361
August Wilson's Folk Traditions 369
The Artist in the Garden: Theatre Space and Place in Lanford Wilson 383
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