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Author Saddik, Annette J., 1966-

Title Contemporary American drama / Annette J. Saddik
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 227 pages) : illustrations
Series Edinburgh critical guides to literature
Edinburgh critical guides to literature.
Contents COVER; CONTENTS; Series Preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Introduction; 1 Experimental Innovations After the Second World War; 2 Revisiting the American Dream; 3 African-American Theatre: Voices from the Margins; 4 Avant-Garde Theatre Groups: Revolutions in Performance; 5 Postmodern Presentations: Questioning Boundaries of Representation; 6 The Politics of Identity and Exclusion; 7 Fragmented Representations of American Identity in the Theatre of the Vietnam War; 8 The 'NEA Four' and Performance Art: Making Visible the Invisible; Conclusion; Student Resources; Index
Summary This book explores the development of contemporary theatre in the United States in its historical, political and theoretical dimensions. It focuses on representative plays and performance texts that experiment with form and content, discussing influential playwrights and performance artists such as Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finley and Will Power, alongside avant-garde theatre groups. Saddik traces the development of contemporary drama since 1945, and discusses the cross-cultural impact of postwar British and Europ
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-221) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
American drama -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Theater -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 074863066X (electronic bk.)
9780748630660 (electronic bk.)