Intertextuality in American Drama: Critical Essays on Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller and Other Playwrights

Intertextuality in American Drama: Critical Essays on Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller and Other Playwrights


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Intertextuality in American Drama: Critical Essays on Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller and Other Playwrights by Drew Eisenhauer

The new essays in this collection, on such diverse writers as Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Maurine Dallas Watkins, Sophie Treadwell, and Washington Irving, fill an important conceptual gap. The essayists offer numerous approaches to intertextuality: the influence of the poetry of romanticism and Shakespeare and of histories and novels, ideological and political discourses on American playwrights, unlikely connections between such writers as Miller and Wilder, the problems of intertexts in translation, the evolution in historical and performance contexts of the same tale, and the relationships among feminism, the drama of the courtroom, and the drama of the stage.

Intertextuality has been an under-explored area in studies of dramatic and performance texts. The innovative findings of these scholars testify to the continuing vitality of research in American drama and performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786463916
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Drew Eisenhauer is a lecturer for Coventry University abroad and a teacher of English at Lycée International Bossuet in Meaux, France. He has authored numerous articles on modern American drama. A recent recipient of the Mayor of Paris Research in Paris fellowship, he lives in Paris. Brenda Murphy is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She has published 16 books and a wide range of articles that reflect her interest in American drama, literature and culture. She lives in Windham, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is "Intertextuality" and Why Is the Term Important Today? Drew Eisenhauer 1

Part I Literary Intertextuality

Section 1 Poets

The Ancient Mariner and O'Neill's Intertextual Epiphany Herman Daniel Farrell III 10

"Deep in my silent sea": Eugene O'Neill's Extended Adaptation of Coleridge's The Ancient Mariner Rupendra Guha Majumdar 25

A Multi-Faceted Moon: Shakespearean and Keatsian Echoes in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten Aurélie Sanchez 36

Trailing Clouds of Glory: Glaspell, Romantic Ideology and Cultural Conflict in Modern American Literature Michael Winetsky 52

On Closets and Graves: Intertextualities in Susan Glaspell's Alison's House and Emily Dickinson's Poetry Noelia Hernando-Real 63

Section 2 Playwrights and Performance Texts

The Tragic Heroine: An Intertextual Study of Thornton Wilder's Women in The Skin of Our Teeth, The Long Christmas Dinner, and Our Town Kristin Bennett 76

"Cut Out the Town and You Will Cut Out the Poetry": Thornton Wilder and Arthur Miller Stephen Marino 90

"And I am changed too": Irving's Rip Van Winkle from Page to Stage Jason Shaffer 99

Part II Cultural Intertextuality

Section 3 Cultural Texts

Looking for Herland: Embodying the Search for Utopia in Susan Glaspell's The Verge Franklin J. Lasik 114

Intertextuality on the Frontier in Susan Glaspell's Inheritors Sarah Withers 126

Fighting Archangels: The Deus Absconditus in Eugene O'Neill's Dialogue with the Bible, Nietzsche and Jung Annalisa Brugnoli 142

Intertextual Insanities in Susan Glaspell's The Verge Emeline Jouve 154

Section 4 Cultural Context

Female Playwrights, Female Killers: Intersecting Texts of Crime and Gender in Glaspell, Watkins and Treadwell Lisa Hall Hagen 169

A "Psalm" for Its Time: History, Memory and Nostalgia in Thornton Wilder's Our Town Jeffrey Eric Jenkins 188

Rain in an Actually Strange City: Translating and Re-Situating the Universality of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Ramón Espejo Romero 205

"Doorways" and "Blank Spaces": Intertextual Connection in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation Graham Wolfe 217

"What there is behind us": Susan Glaspell's Challenge to Nativist Discourse in Stage Adaptations of Her Harper's Monthly Fiction Sharon Friedman 232

About the Contributors 253

Index 257

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