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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction, Claudia Barnett * Chronology; Women's Movement: The Personal as Political in the Plays of Wendy Wasserstein, Bette Mandl * Bachelor Machine: Postmodern Travels, Female Communities, Melancholy and the Market in Bachelor Girls, Stephanie Hammer * Generations of Nora: Self Realization in the Comedies of Rachel Crothers and Wendy Wasserstein, Robert F. Gross * "We've All Come a Long Way": The Role of Women in Uncommon Women, Top Girls, and My Mother Said I Never Should, William C. Boles * Female Laughter and Comic Possibilities: Uncommon Women and Others, Miriam M. Chirico * Building the Gift: Creating a Character in Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig, Deborah K. Anderson * Wendy Wasserstein's Three Sisters: Squandered Privilege, Gaylord Brewer * When Wendy Isn't Trendy: Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles and An American Daughter, Helene Keyssar * Three American Daughters: Wendy Wasserstein Critiques Success, Glenda Frank * Interview with Wendy Wasserstein, Claudia Barnett * Bibliography, Claudia Barnett