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Theatre, Society and the Nation
Staging American Identities

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521050883

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  • Theater has often served as a touchstone for critical moments of political change or national definition. Steve Wilmer selects key historical moments in American history to examine the theater's response. The selected events range from the Colonial fight for independence through Native American struggles, the Socialist Worker play and the Civil Rights Movement, to those of the last decade. Wilmer also considers audience reception and critical response.

    • Analyses a broad sweep of American social and cultural history
    • Close examination of seminal plays and performances in American theatre
    • Explores changing notions of national identity from the beginning of the nation to the present and will be of interest to scholars of American history and culture
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    "The Federal Theatre Project is a great read."
    John Earnest, American Literature, University of New Hampshire

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521050883
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.448kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. From British colony to independent nation: refashioning identity
    2. Federalist and Democratic Republican theatre: partisan drama in nationalist trappings
    3. Independence for whom? American Indians and the Ghost Dance
    4. The role of workers in the nation: the Paterson Strike Pageant
    5. Staging social rebellion in the 1960s
    6. Reconfiguring patriarchy: suffragette and feminist plays
    7. Imaging and deconstructing the multicultural nation in the 1990s
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  • Author

    S. E. Wilmer, Trinity College, Dublin
    S. E. Wilmner is a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, and formerly Director of the School of Drama. He has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the faculty of the International Centre for Advanced Theatre Studies, in Finland. Steven Wilmer is editor of Portraits of Courage: Plays by Finish Women (Helsinki University Press, 1997) and of Beckett in Dublin (Lilliput, 1992), among other works. He is also a playwright, with his works performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club and Lincoln Center.

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