Overview

Wendy Wasserstein: A Casebook contains in-depth discussions of the playwright's major works, including her recent play 1 An American Daughter. Wasserstein's plays and essays are explored within diverse traditions, including Jewish storytelling, women's writing, and classical comedy. Critical perspectives include feminist, Bakhtinian, and actor/director. Comparisons with other playwrights, such as Rachel Crothers, Caryl Churchill, and Anton Chekhov, provide context and understanding. An interview with the ...
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Wendy Wasserstein: A Casebook

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Wendy Wasserstein: A Casebook contains in-depth discussions of the playwright's major works, including her recent play 1 An American Daughter. Wasserstein's plays and essays are explored within diverse traditions, including Jewish storytelling, women's writing, and classical comedy. Critical perspectives include feminist, Bakhtinian, and actor/director. Comparisons with other playwrights, such as Rachel Crothers, Caryl Churchill, and Anton Chekhov, provide context and understanding. An interview with the playwright and an annotated bibliography are included.
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Wendy Wasserstein is one of America's foremost playwrights. At times her gender has led to unfair evaluation of her work because critics looking for a straightforward feminist point of view are likely to be disappointed by her complex vision of life. This collection includes essays that contextualize and analyze her writing from a variety of perspectives. Topics include female communities in , the role of women in , and the unfavorable critical reception of . Includes an interview with the playwright. The editor is an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135660734
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Series: Casebooks on Modern Dramatists
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
Ch. 1 Women's Movement: The Personal as Political in the Plays of Wendy Wasserstein 3
Ch. 2 Bachelor Machine: Postmodern Travels, Female Communities, Melancholy and the Market in Bachelor Girls 13
Ch. 3 Generations of Nora: Self-Realization in the Comedies of Rachel Crothers and Wendy Wasserstein 35
Ch. 4 "We've All Come a Long Way": The Role of Women in Uncommon Women, Top Girls, and My Mother Said I Never Should 57
Ch. 5 Female Laughter and Comic Possibilities: Uncommon Women and Others 81
Ch. 6 Building the Gift: Creating a Character in Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig 107
Ch. 7 Wendy Wasserstein's Three Sisters: Squandered Privilege 119
Ch. 8 When Wendy Isn't Trendy: Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles and An American Daughter 133
Ch. 9 Three American Daughters: Wendy Wasserstein Critiques Success 161
Ch. 10 Interview with Wendy Wasserstein 179
Bibliography 189
Contributors 213
Index 215
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