Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition / Edition 1

Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition / Edition 1

by William W. Demastes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0817308377

ISBN-13: 9780817308377

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Any review of 20th-century American theatre invariably leads to the term realism. Yet despite the strong tradition of theatrical realism on the American stage, the term is frequently misidentified, and the practices to which it refers are often attacked as monolithically tyrannical, restricting the potential of the American national theatre.
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Overview

Any review of 20th-century American theatre invariably leads to the term realism. Yet despite the strong tradition of theatrical realism on the American stage, the term is frequently misidentified, and the practices to which it refers are often attacked as monolithically tyrannical, restricting the potential of the American national theatre.
This book reconsiders realism on the American stage by addressing the great variety and richness of the plays that form the American theatre canon. By reconsidering the form and revisiting many of the plays that contributed to the realist tradition, the authors provide the opportunity to apprise strengths often overlooked by previous critics. The volume traces the development of American dramatic realism from James A. Herne, the "American Ibsen," to currently active contemporaries such as Sam Shepard, David Mamet, and Marsha Norman. This frank assessment, in sixteen original essays, reopens a critical dialog too long closed.

Essays include:

  • American Dramatic Realisms, Viable Frames of Thought
  • The Struggle for the Real--Interpretive Con§ict, Dramatic Method, and the Paradox of Realism
  • The Legacy of James A. Herne: American Realities and Realisms
  • Whose Realism? Rachel Crothers's Power Struggle in the American Theatre
  • The Provincetown Players' Experiments with Realism
  • Servant of Three Masters: Realism, Idealism, and "Hokum" in American High Comedy

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817308377
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1570L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: American Dramatic Realisms, Viable Frames of Thought William W. Demastes,
1. Introduction: The Struggle for the Real—Interpretive Conflict, Dramatic Method, and the Paradox of Realism Brian Richardson,
2. The Legacy of James A. Herne: American Realities and Realisms Patricia D. Denison,
3. Whose Realism? Rachel Crothers's Power Struggle in the American Theatre Yvonne Shafer,
4. The Provincetown Players' Experiments with Realism J. Ellen Gainor,
5. Servant of Three Masters: Realism, Idealism, and "Hokum" in American High Comedy Robert F. Gross,
6. Remembering the Disremembered: Feminist Realists of the Harlem Renaissance Patricia R. Schroeder,
7. Eugene O'Neill and Reality in America Frank R. Cunningham,
8. "Odets, Where Is Thy Sting?" Reassessing the "Playwright of the Proletariat" John W. Frick,
9. Thornton Wilder, the Real, and Theatrical Realism Christopher J. Wheatley,
10. Into the Foxhole: Feminism, Realism, and Lillian Hellman Judith E. Barlow,
11. Tennessee Williams's "Personal Lyricism": Toward an Androgynous Form Thomas P. Adler,
12. Arthur Miller: Revisioning Realism Brenda Murphy,
13. Margins in the Mainstream: Contemporary Women Playwrights Janet V. Haedicke,
14. The Limits of African-American Political Realism: Baraka's Dutchman and Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Eric Bergesen and William W. Demastes,
15. Anti-Theatricality and American Ideology: Mamet's Performative Realism Michael L. Quinn,
16. The Hurlyburly Lies of the Causalist Mind: Chaos and the Realism of Rabe and Shepard William W. Demastes and Michael Vanden Heuvel,
Selected Bibliography,
Contributors,
Index,

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