Interrogating America through Theatre and Performance

Interrogating America through Theatre and Performance

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230619012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Series: Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Edition description: 2007
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM W. DEMASTES is Professor of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. IRIS SMITH FISCHER is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas, USA.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction: America Defined and Refined William W. Demastes 1

1 The Savage Other: "Indianizing" and Performance in Nineteenth-Century American Culture Rosemarie K. Bank 11

2 Defining Faith: Theatrical Reactions to Pro-Slavery Christianity in Antebellum America Amy E. Hughes 29

3 Negotiating a New Identity: Irish Americans and the Variety Theatre in the 1860s Susan Kattwinkel 47

4 Drama and Cultural Pluralism in the America of Susan Glaspell's Inheritors Noelia Hernando-Real 65

5 Beneath the Horizon: Pipe Dreams, Identity, and Capital in Eugene O'Neill's First Broadway Play Jeffrey Eric Jenkins 81

6 Vernacularizing Brecht: The Political Theatre of the New Deal Ilka Saal 101

7 Let Freedom Ring: Mordecai Gorelik's Politicized Stage Designs Anne Fletcher 121

8 Choreographing America: Redefining American Ballet in the Age of Consensus Andrea Harris 139

9 Arthur Miller: In Memoriam Christopher Bigsby 157

10 Menageries, Melting Pots, Movies: Tennessee on America Janet V. Haedicke 165

11 Facts on Trial: Documentary Theatre and Zoot Suit Jacqueline O'Connor 181

12 "The Ground on Which I Stand is I, too, Am America": African American Cycle Dramatists, Dramas, and the Voice of Inclusion Ladrica Menson-Furr 199

13 My Uncle Sam in Consumer Society: Len Jenkin and the Death of Death of a Salesman Steve Feffer 217

14 From Paradise to Parasite: Information Theory, Noise, and Disequilibrium in John Guare's: Six Degrees of Separation Mike Vanden Heuvel 233

15 Not "Very Steven Spielberg"?: Angels in America on Film Deborah R. Geis 243

16 Reflections in a Pool: Mary Zimmerman'sMetamorphoses and Post-9/11 New York City Andrea Nouryeh 257

17 An American Echo: Suzan-Lori Parks's The America Play and James Scruggs's Disposable Men Robert Vorlicky 271

List of Contributors 291

Index 295

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