In this book, Susan Harris Smith looks at the many often conflicting cultural and academic reasons for the neglect and dismissal of American drama as a legitimate literary form. Covering a wide range of topics such as theatrical performance, the rise of nationalist feeling, the creation of academic disciplines, and the development of sociology, Smith's study is a contentious and revisionist historical inquiry into the troubled cultural and canonical status of American drama, both as a literary genre and as a mirror of American society.Read more
- Focuses critical attention on a neglected genre
- Provides a revisionist perspective on American theatrical history
- Examines the cultural history of American drama
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- Date Published: November 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521032421
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.398kg
- contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 map
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the problem of American drama
2. Generic hegemony: the exclusion of American drama
3. No corner in her own house: what is American about American drama?
4. Did she jump or was she pushed? American drama in the university curriculum
5. Caught in the close embrace: sociology and realism
6. Conclusion: beyond hegemony and canonicity
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