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Routledge Anthology of U.S. Drama 1898-1949 (Hardcover)

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The first half of the Twentieth Century was a vibrant period for American theatre and performance. As the U.S.A. emerged as a significant military, economic, political and cultural power, so its theatre began to distinguish itself from the prevailing European model. The plays and dramatic texts in this anthology demonstrate the vital and volatile relationship between U.S. theatre its society, and the ways in which that theatre has both supported and challenged prevailing systems of thought and action.

This collection is organized around key thematic perspectives from colonialism to psychoanalysis, viewing the artistic output of this era through the socio-political events and controversies that shaped it. Each play is accompanied by a critical commentary from a leading scholar and a set of archive source materials, including playbills, production shots, reviews, essays, poems, newspaper articles and official documents. These supplements bring to life the rich and diverse theatre cultures that operated in the United States during this period and exploring the essential ways that what they produced engaged with the national debates that surrounded them.

The plays themselves both support and challenge the existing cannon of U.S. dramatic literature; a selection that speaks not only to aesthetic innovation, but also to the critical moments of political change and national definition that shaped modern America. From Miller, Williams and O’Neill to Angelina Grimké, David Belasco and Mae West, this is the ideal collection for any course in U.S. theatre.

The first half of the Twentieth Century was a vibrant period for American theatre and performance. As the U.S.A. emerged as a significant military, economic, political and cultural power, so its theatre began to distinguish itself from the prevailing European model. This was when the cultural and societal concerns of the United States became profoundly reflective of the culture and society that produced it. This vivid collection of plays and source materials is organized around the key thematic perspectives of the period, viewing the artistic output of this era through the socio-political events and controversies that shaped it.

Number of Pages: 1001
Genre: Drama, Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Anthologies (multiple authors), American / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: October 5, 2016
TCIN: 21406320
UPC: 9781138018358
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-5914
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