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Congressional Theatre

Congressional Theatre
Dramatizing McCarthyism on Stage, Film, and Television

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521891660

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  • Congressional Theatre is the first book to identify and examine the significant body of plays, films, and teleplays that responded to the actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the "show business hearings" it held between 1947 and 1960. Among the writers discussed are Arthur Miller, Bertolt Brecht, Lillian Hellman, Maxwell Anderson, Elia Kazan, Barrie Stavis, Herman Wouk, Eric Bentley, Saul Levitt, Budd Schulberg, Carl Foreman, Abraham Polonsky, and Walter Bernstein.

    • First book to analyze plays, films, and teleplays responding to HUAC
    • Analyzes the technique of historical analogy such as the Salem witch trials
    • Includes illustrations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "congressional Theatre is nevertheless a juicy addition to the historiography of the second red scare..." The Journal of American History

    "For students of this era and those concerned about the impact of politics upon art, this is essential." Library Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521891660
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.675kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Part I. The Committee and the Culture:
    1. The stage is set
    2. The social drama
    3. Dramatizing directly
    Part II. Making Analogies:
    4. Witch hunt
    5. Inquisition
    6. Informers
    7. Forensics
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Screen credits
    Television and radio credits
    Index.

  • Author

    Brenda Murphy, University of Connecticut

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