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Author Wolff, Tamsen

Title Mendel's theatre : heredity, eugenics, and early twentieth-century American drama / Tamsen Wolff
Edition 1st ed
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009


Description 1 online resource (x, 278 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Contents Predecessors : Ibsen, Strindberg, Shaw, Brieux, and heredity -- From peas to people : theatre and the American eugenics movement -- Experimental breeding ground : Susan Glaspell, mutation, maternity, and The verge -- Branching out from the family tree : bloodlines and Eugene O'Neill's Strange interlude -- A genealogy of American theatre : Show boat, Angelina Weld Grimké's Rachel, and the black body
Summary Mendel's Theatre uncovers the rich convergence of scientific theories of heredity, the American eugenics movement, and innovative modern drama from the 1890s to 1930. Obsessions with heredity played out in very different kinds of theatre in the modern period, from fairground exhibits to the plays of prominent European modern dramatists like Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, and George Bernard Shaw. The rise of vital American dramatists like Susan Glaspell and Eugene O'Neill took place against this backdrop and alongside the now forgotten but extremely popular eugenics movement in America at the time. Mendel's Theatre tells that story
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-265) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Eugenics in literature.
Heredity in literature.
Race in literature.
Eugenics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Literature and science -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Theatre studies.
DRAMA -- American.
Performing Arts.
American drama
Eugenics in literature
Heredity in literature
Literature and science
Race in literature
Vererbung Motiv
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780230621275
Other Titles Mendel's theater