Understanding Death of a Salesman: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding Death of a Salesman: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

by Brenda Murphy
ISBN-10:
0313304025
ISBN-13:
2900313304025
Pub. Date:
02/28/1999
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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Understanding Death of a Salesman: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

This collection of social, cultural, and historical documents and popular materials, with linking explanations and commentary, will help the reader to study the play in the context of its time and cultural background. The collected materials are designed to work with the play to highlight inherent conflicts within American society which lie at the heart of Death of a Salesman, and to explore how the play affects and is affected by social mores and beliefs. Salesmanship and the changing face of business, along with perceptions of sports, gender, and families, are explored through selections drawn from a rich variety of sources that provide forceful evidence of the play's influence. Documents include essays, articles, and fiction, which have created or explored the social expectations of a typical American family in the late 1940s; unusual selections such as a self-analysis chart, an obituary, and a diary, which help to trace the history of salesmanship from the nineteenth century to the present day; and advertisements, song lyrics, speeches, how-to books, and other readings that promote an interdisciplinary study of the play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900313304025
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Series: Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Significance of Death of a Salesman

Cultural Myths and Values

Economic Forces

American Business Culture

Family and Gender Expectations

Sports and Leisure

Salesman's Impact on American Culture

Index

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