Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works: Critical Essays

Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works: Critical Essays

by Sharon Friedman (Editor)

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Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works: Critical Essays by Sharon Friedman

Re-visioning the classics, often in a subversive mode, has evolved into its own theatrical genre in recent years, and many of these productions have been informed by feminist theory and practice. This book examines recent adaptations of classic texts (produced since 1980) influenced by a range of feminisms, and illustrates the significance of historical moment, cultural ideology, dramaturgical practice, and theatrical venue for shaping an adaptation. Essays are arranged according to the period and genre of the source text re-visioned: classical theater and myth (e.g. Antigone, Metamorphoses), Shakespeare and seventeenth-century theater (e.g. King Lear, The Rover), nineteenth and twentieth century narratives and reflections (e.g. The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre, A Room of One’s Own), and modern drama (e.g. A Doll House, A Streetcar Named Desire).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786434251
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sharon Friedman is a professor at the Gallatin School, New York University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Introduction

SHARON FRIEDMAN 1



I. CLASSICAL THEATER AND MYTH

All Is Not Right in the House of Atreus: Feminist Theatrical Renderings of the Oresteia

JULIE MALNIG 21

The Philomela Myth as Postcolonial Feminist Theater: Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale

MAYA E. ROTH 42

Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses: Storytelling Theater as Feminist Process

ANDREA J. NOURYEH 61

The Political Is Personal: Feminism, Democracy and Antigone Project

CAROL MARTIN 79



II. SHAKESPEARE AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURY THEATER

Lear’s Daughters and Sons: Twisting the Canonical Landscape

LESLEY FERRIS 97

The Feminist Playwright as Critic: Paula Vogel, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Djanet Sears Interpret Othello

SHARON FRIEDMAN 113

Transgressive Female Desire and Subversive Critique in the Seventeenth Century Canon: JoAnne Akalaitis’s Staging of

Phèdre, The Rover, and ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore

CHERYL BLACK 135

Reconfiguring the Text and the Self: The Wooster Group’s To You, the Birdie! (Phèdre)

JOHAN CALLENS 152



III. NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURY NARRATIVES AND REFLECTIONS: THE ROMANCE, THE NOVEL, AND THE ESSAY

Outside the Law: Feminist Adaptations of The Scarlet Letter

LENORA CHAMPAGNE 169

Expressions of “Lust and Rage”: Shared Experience Theatre’s Adaptation of Jane Eyre

KRISTIN CROUCH 189

A Mystical Place Called Grand Isle: Adapting Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

CHIORI MIYAGAWA 204

SITI Company’s Room: Theatrical Performance and/as Feminist Invitational Rhetoric

SANDEE K. MCGLAUN 215



IV. MODERN DRAMA

Deconstructing (A Streetcar Named) Desire: Gender Re-citation in Belle Reprieve

DEBORAH R. GEIS 237

Nora’s Journey Through a Century of Feminisms to the Postmodern Stage of Mabou Mines DollHouse

AMY S. GREEN 247



Bibliography 267

About the Contributors 279

Index 283

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