Reading Stephen Sondheim: A Collection of Critical Essays

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Sondheim expert Sandor Goodhart and an invited group of world-renowned scholars and critics discuss and analyze Sondheim's major productions and themes using various critical methodologies - deconstruction, Marxism, formalism, psychoanalysis, historicism, and other postmodernist perspectives. In short, this volume offers all the substance one needs to appreciate and understand Stephen Sondheim's work and sets the standard of excellence against which future Sondheim scholarship ...
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Overview

Sondheim expert Sandor Goodhart and an invited group of world-renowned scholars and critics discuss and analyze Sondheim's major productions and themes using various critical methodologies - deconstruction, Marxism, formalism, psychoanalysis, historicism, and other postmodernist perspectives. In short, this volume offers all the substance one needs to appreciate and understand Stephen Sondheim's work and sets the standard of excellence against which future Sondheim scholarship will be measured.
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Scholars and critics discuss and analyze Sondheim's major productions and themes using various critical methodologies, including deconstruction, Marxism, formalism, psychoanalysis, and historicism. They discuss Sondheim's major themes, such as marriage, romantic passion, and madness, and overview all of his plays against the background of modern British and American drama. They discuss his place in theater history and his literary and cinematic sources, and offer critical analyses of six plays. Goodhart is associate professor of English and the director of the Jewish studies program at Purdue University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815337683
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: Studies in Modern Drama Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction: Reading Sondheim: The End of Ever After 3
Pt. 1 Sources, Institutions, Themes
Ch. 1 The Sung and the Said: Literary Value in the Musical Dramas of Stephen Sondheim 37
Ch. 2 Maternity, Madness, and Art in the Theater of Stephen Sondheim 61
Ch. 3 "Every Day a Little Death": Sondheim's Un-musicaling of Marriage 77
Ch. 4 The Funeral of Follies: Stephen Sondheim and the Razing of American Musical Theater 89
Ch. 5 Difference and Sameness: Tarchetti's Fosca, Scola's Passione d'Amore, and Sondheim's Passion 101
Ch. 6 "It Takes Two": A Duet on Duets in Follies and Sweeney Todd 121
Pt. 2 Plays
Ch. 7 Enchantment on the Manicured Lawns: The Shakespearean "Green World" in A Little Night Music 133
Ch. 8 Arresting Development: Law, Love, and the Name-of-the-Father in Sweeney Todd 171
Ch. 9 Visions and Re-visions: The Postmodern Challenge of Merrily We Roll Along 187
Ch. 10 A Cathedral to Art 199
Ch. 11 "Happily ... Ever ..." NEVER: The Antithetical Romance of Into the Woods 209
Ch. 12 "The Mother's Part": Love, Letters, and Reading in Sondheim's Passion 221
Works Cited 259
Index 269
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