Looking for an examination copy?
This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
Michael S. D. Hooper reverses the recent trend of regarding Tennessee Williams as fundamentally a social writer following the discovery, publication and/or performance of plays from both ends of his career – the 'proletarian' apprentice years of Candles to the Sun and Not About Nightingales and the once overlooked final period of, amongst many other plays, The Red Devil Battery Sign. Hooper contends that recent criticism has exaggerated the political engagement and egalitarian credentials of a writer whose characters and situations revert to a reactionary politics of the individual dominated by the negotiation of sexual power. Directly, or more often indirectly, Williams' writing expresses social disaffection before glamorizing the outcast and shelving thoughts of political change. Through detailed analysis of canonical texts the book sheds new light on Williams' work, as well as on the cultural and social life of mid-twentieth-century America.Read more
- Collects together and evaluates interpretations of Tennessee Williams as a political writer
- Includes sustained analysis of specific texts, some of which have only recently been published
- The writing is not confined to one theoretical viewpoint and is not weighed down with complicated theoretical points
Reviews & endorsements
"This book forced this reviewer to rethink his vision of Tennessee Williams: Hooper gives scholars much to ponder about desire, sexuality, and political agency in Williams's plays.
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: August 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107533004
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- contains: 5 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Geiger-counters of rebellion
2. There will be pity for the wild
3. Desiring others
4. Emotional roots
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×
Are you sure you want to delete your account?
This cannot be undone.
Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.
If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.×