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Interrogating America Through Theatre and Performance (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History)by William Demastes
Synopses & Reviews
Interrogating America looks at American culture and politics from the lens of American theatre and drama, drawing from specialists in the field of theatre to reflect upon the role of theatre in the creation of the American cultural and political milieu. The essays confront such iconic concepts as the American Dream and the American Melting Pot, addressing issues such as American enfranchisement and historical limitations placed on the idea of inclusion based on class, race, and gender. Together, the essays create a portrait of the dynamic give-and-take that is central to the idea of Americanness and America itself.
An examination of American history and culture through the lens of theatre and performance
This collection brings together a diverse group of essays dissecting American plays, movies, theatre productions, and other performance types that examine America and its history and culture. From Amerindian stage performances to Tennessee Williams to New York City vaudeville to consumerism exhibited on the stage to AIDS and post-9/11 America, Interrogating America through Theatre and Performance displays the various and important ways theatre and performance studies have examined and conversed with American culture and history.
About the Author
William W. Demastes is Professor of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He has published widely on modern and American theatre and drama, including the books Staging Consciousness (2002), Theatre of Chaos (1998), and Beyond Naturalism (1988).
Iris Smith Fischer is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas, where she teaches modern and contemporary U.S. and comparative drama, performance studies, and literary theory. Her articles have appeared in American Theatre, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, TDR, Theatre Survey, and other journals.
Table of Contents
The Savage Other: "Indianizing" and Performance in Nineteenth-Century American Culture--Rosemarie K. Bank * Defining Faith: Theatrical Reactions to Pro-Slavery Christianity in Antebellum America--Amy E. Hughes * Negotiating a New Identity: Irish-Americans and the Variety Theatre in the 1860s--Susan Kattwinkel * Drama and Cultural Pluralism In the America of Susan Glaspells Inheritors.--Noelia Hernando Real * Beneath the Horizon: Pipe Dreams, Identity, and Capital in Eugene ONeills First Broadway Play--Jeffrey Eric Jenkins * Vernacularizing Brecht: The Political Theater of the New Deal--Ilka Saal * Let Freedom Ring: Mordecai Goreliks Politicized Stage Designs--Anne Fletcher * Choreographing America: Re-defining American Ballet in the Age of Consensus--Andrea Harris * Arthur Miller: In Memoriam--Christopher Bigsby * Menageries, Melting Pots, Movies: Tennessee on America--Janet V. Haedicke * Facts on Trial: Documentary Theatre and Zoot Suit--Jacqueline OConnor * "The Ground on Which I Stand is I, Too, Am America": African American Cycle Dramatists, Dramas and the Voice of Inclusion--Ladrica Menson-Furr * My Uncle Sam in Consumer Society: Len Jenkin and the Death of Death of a Salesman--Steve Feffer * From Paradise to Parasite: Information Theory, Noise, and Disequilibrium in John Guares Six Degrees of Separation--Michael Vanden Heuvel * "Not Very Steven Spielberg"?: Angels in America on Film--Deborah R. Geis * Reflections in a Pool: Mary Zimmermans Metamorphoses and post-9/11 New York City--Andrea Nouryeh * An American Echo: Suzan-Lori Parks's The America Play and James Scruggs's Disposable Men--Robert Vorlicky
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