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Performing the American Frontier, 1870–1906


Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035170

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  • Performing the American Frontier, 1870–1906 examines how the American frontier was presented in theatrical productions during the critical period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of cinema. In chronological fashion, the book explores the post-Civil War resurgence of interest in drama about the frontier, which led to a host of action-packed melodramas. From famous personalities such as Mark Twain and 'Buffalo Bill' Cody to lesser-known individuals such as native American playwright and actress Gowongo Mohawk, Hall examines the plays, the players, and the playwrights who helped to define the American westward migration in theatrical terms and covers the complete dramatic experience including scenery, performance and staging. The book demonstrates the extraordinary variety of subject matter and theatrical styles used to dramatize the frontier, and places frontier drama within the context of its society by framing the productions with the contemporary debates on national policies.

    • Demonstrates the wide variety of subject matter and theatrical styles used to dramatize the frontier
    • Not limited to the analysis of play texts, but covers complete dramatic experience including scenery, performance and staging
    • Places frontier drama within the context of its society
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035170
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.446kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction: conditions and contradictions
    1. Reemergence:
    2. Explosion:
    3. Prominence:
    4. Phenomenon:
    5. Respect:
    6. Dominance:

  • Author

    Roger A. Hall, James Madison University, Virginia
    Roger A. Hall is Professor of Theatre at James Madison University, Virginia.

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