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Modern American Drama, 1945–2000

Modern American Drama, 1945–2000

2nd Edition

$54.95 (P)

  • Date Published: January 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521794107

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  • In this new edition of the widely-acclaimed Modern American Drama Christopher Bigsby completes his survey of postwar theater and brings the reader up to 2000. While retaining the key elements of the first edition, including surveys of major figures such as Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, David Mamet, and Sam Shepard, Bigsby also explores recent works by established dramatists.

    • Bigsby the number one writer on contemporary American theatre and knows many of the dramatists he includes in the book
    • Brings the first edition, '1945–1990', up to date to 2000 and includes the latest plays and playwrights
    • Perfect as a course book and also as a guide for the general reader and theatre enthusiast
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Bigsby has read the evolving American spirit through its theater. It is a work of enormous encyclopedic breadth, reaching out into the myriad byways of American theater, encompassing all its styles and approaches, but always with an eye to the central preoccupation of all serious theater, the nation's mysterious soul." Arthur Miller

    "Bigsby's knowledge of the field is encyclopedic. His insights are sharp and well reasoned. Replacing the earlier volume, this expanded edition is strongly recommended for public, college, and university libraries." Choice

    "Impressive in its scope, provides invaluable insights, and motivates the reader to take a closer look at the plays analyzed." Zeitschrift fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521794107
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to first edition
    Preface to second edition
    1. The absent voice: American drama and the critic
    2. Eugene O'Neill's Endgame
    3. Tennessee Williams: the theatricalising self
    4. Arthur Miller: the moral imperative
    5. Edward Albee: journey to apocalypse
    6. A Broadway interlude
    7. Sam Shepard: imagining America
    8. David Mamet: all true stories
    9. The performing self
    10. Redefining the centre: politics, race, gender
    11. Beyond Broadway

  • Author

    C. W. E. Bigsby, University of East Anglia

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