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Author Gillette, Kyle, 1979-

Title Thornton Wilder's The Skin of our Teeth
Published [Place of publication not identified] : Taylor and Francis, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Series The Fourth Wall
Contents Part I Metatheatre -- 1 Metatheatre and failure -- 2 Metatheatre and modernism -- Part II Metahistory -- 3 Metahistory and myth -- 4 Metahistory and myopia -- Part III Metaphysics -- 5 Metaphysics on parade -- 6 Metaphysics and the end of history
Summary "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm not going to play this particular scene tonight."--Sabina Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) telescopes an audacious stretch of western history and mythology into a family drama, showing how the course of human events operates like theatre itself: constantly mutable, vanishing and beginning again. Kyle Gillette explores Wilder's extraordinary play in three parts. Part I unpacks the play's singular yet deeply interconnected place in theatre history, comparing its meta theatrics to those of Stein, Pirandello and Brecht, and finding its anticipation of American fantasias in the works of Vogel and Kushner. Part II turns to the play's many historic and mythic sources, and examines its concentration of western progress and power into the model of a white, American upper-middle-class nuclear family. Part III takes a longer view, tangling with the play's philosophical stakes. Gillette magnifies the play's ideas and connections, teasing out historical, theoretical and philosophical questions on behalf of readers, scholars and audience members alike
Notes Print version record
Subject Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. Skin of our teeth
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 -- Technique
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 -- Themes, motives
SUBJECT Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 fast
Skin of our teeth (Wilder, Thornton) fast
Subject Theater -- History -- 20th century.
Play within a play.
History in literature.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- History & Criticism.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- Playwriting.
History in literature
Play within a play
Themes, motives
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1317288734