The Influence of Tennessee Williams: Essays on Fifteen American Playwrights

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The author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was never shy about drawing on his personal and family drama for stage material. This collection of 15 essays examines how Williams's confessional style and subject matter in turn influenced a diverse group of American playwrights over the past six decades.
Critical comparisons with William Inge, Edward Albee, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Beth Henley, Christopher Durang, Tony Kushner, and others reveal the complexity ...
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Overview

The author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was never shy about drawing on his personal and family drama for stage material. This collection of 15 essays examines how Williams's confessional style and subject matter in turn influenced a diverse group of American playwrights over the past six decades.
Critical comparisons with William Inge, Edward Albee, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Beth Henley, Christopher Durang, Tony Kushner, and others reveal the complexity of his influence. A special feature of this collection is its emphasis on how Williams was received by African American dramatists, including Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Adrienne Kennedy and Suzan-Lori Parks. The collection ends with an original interview with Edward Albee on why and how Williams influenced him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434756
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/22/2008
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip C. Kolin is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches drama. He has published more than 40 books and 200 articles.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction The Panoptic Tennessee Williams Philip C. Kolin Kolin, Philip C. 3

"[Our] Little Company of the Odd and Lonely": Tennessee Williams's "Personality" in the Plays of William Inge Michael Greenwald Greenwald, Michael 15

Neil Simon's Parodies of Tennessee Williams Susan Koprince Koprince, Susan 31

"Inconspicuous Osmosis and the Plasticity of Doing": The Influence of Tennessee Williams on the Plays of Edward Albee Albee, Edward David A. Crespy Crespy, David A. 42

"Cracking the Shell of Literalness": The Itinerary of Paternal Consciousness in Williams's Tragedy with Notes on Its Influence on Gurney's Comedy Arvid F. Sponberg Sponberg, Arvid F. 55

"That gentleman with the painfully sympathetic eyes ...": Re-reading Lorraine Hansberry Through Tennessee Williams Nancy Cho Cho, Nancy 68

The Fission of Tennessee Williams's Plays into Adrienne Kennedy's Philip C. Kolin Kolin, Philip C. 79

Warriors Against the Kitchen Sink: Tennessee Williams and John Guare Thomas Mitchell Mitchell, Thomas 95

Image, Myth, and Movement in the Plays of Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams Annette J. Saddik Saddik, Annette J. 106

Sons of the South: An Examination of the Interstices in the Works of August Wilson and Tennessee Williams Sandra G. Shannon Shannon, Sandra G. 122

Williams, Mamet, and the Artist In Extremis Brenda Murphy Murphy, Brenda 136

The Symbiosis of Desire and Death: Beth Henley Rewrites Tennessee Williams Verna A. Foster Foster, Verna A. 148

"Period of Adjustment": Marriage in Williams and Christopher Durang John M. Clum Clum, John M. 162

"All Truth Is a Scandal": How Tennessee Williams Shaped Tony Kushner's Plays Kirk Woodward Woodward, Kirk175

Twilight in Tennessee: The Similar Styles of Anna Deavere Smith and Tennessee Williams Harvey Young Young, Harvey 187

Theatre of the Gut: Tennessee Williams and Suzan-Lori Parks Harry J. Elam, Jr. Elam, Harry J., Jr. 200

Swimming to Chekhovia: Edward Albee on Tennessee Williams - An Interview David A. Crespy Crespy, David A. 216

About the Contributors 221

Index 225

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