Skip to main content
×
Home
Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century
  • Export citation
  • Recommend to librarian
  • Recommend this book

    Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this book to your organisation's collection.

    Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century
    • Online ISBN: 9780511486111
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511486111
    Please enter your name
    Please enter a valid email address
    Who would you like to send this to? *
    ×
  • Buy the print book

Book description

John Houchin explores the impact of censorship in twentieth-century American theatre, arguing that theatrical censorship coincided with significant challenges to religious, political and cultural systems. The study provides a summary of theatre censorship in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and analyses key episodes from 1900 to 2000. These include attempts to censure Olga Nethersole for her production of Sappho in 1901 and the theatre riots of 1913 that greeted the Abbey Theatre's production of Playboy of the Western World. Houchin explores the efforts to suppress plays in the 1920s that dealt with transgressive sexual material and investigates Congress' politically motivated assaults on plays and actors during the 1930s and 1940s. He investigates the impact of racial violence, political assassinations and the Vietnam War on the trajectory of theatre in the 1960s and concludes by examining the response to gay activist plays such as Angels in America.

Reviews

'… scholars interested in controversial American theatrical productions in the twentieth century will find the book to be a very good starting point.'

Source: Journal of American Studies

    • Aa
    • Aa
Refine List
Actions for selected content:
Select all | Deselect all
  • View selected items
  • Export citations
  • Download PDF (zip)
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to Dropbox
  • Send to Google Drive
  • Send content to

    To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to .

    To send content to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

    Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

    Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

    Please be advised that item(s) you selected are not available.
    You are about to send:
    ×

Save Search

You can save your searches here and later view and run them again in "My saved searches".

Please provide a title, maximum of 40 characters.
×

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.


Susan Duffy and . “Watchdogs of the American Theatre 1910–1940.” Journal of American Culture 6 (Spring 1983): 52–59

Harley Erdman . “Jewish Anxiety in ‘Days of Judgment.’ Community Conflict, Anti-Semitism, and the ‘God of Vengeance’ Obscenity Case.” Theatre Survey 40 (1999): 51–74

Marybeth Hamilton Mae West Live: Sex, The Drag, and 1920's Broadway.” Drama Review 36 (1992): 82–100

Claudia Johnson . “That Guilty Third Tier: Prostitution in Nineteenth Century American Theatres.” American Quarterly 27 (1975): 575–584

David K Rod . “Trial by Jury: An Alternative Form of Theatrical Censorship in New York, 1921–1925.” Theatre Survey 26 (1985): 47–61

Loren K Ruff . “Joseph Harper and Boston's Board Alley Theatre, 1792–1793.” Educational Theatre Journal 26 (March 1974): 45–48

Michael Smith . “The Good Scene: Off Off-Broadway.” Tulane Drama Review 10 (Summer 1966): 159–175