From Class to Caste in American Drama: Political and Social Themes Since the 1930s
Greenwood Press, 1991 - 301 Seiten
The work begins with an introductory essay that defines political theatre and shows how it varies from standard drama in plot structure, character, theme, and expectations of its audience. The body of the book is then divided into seven historically labelled chapters, each of which provides a history of the period in relation to an evolving principle; a detailed analysis of particular dramas that illustrate that evolution; and a suggestion of other plays in which the evolution can be further studied. The periods that make up the chapters are the Great Depression, World War II, the cold war, Vietnam, and the civil rights movement. The plays of each period are discussed, with particular emphasis placed on their derivation from the assumptions about class and caste of the preceding era. Among the works analyzed are Waiting for Lefty, Watch on the Rhine, The Crucible, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, In White America, Black Elk Speaks, and As Is. This work will be a valuable reference source for courses in American theatre history, popular culture, and women's and ethnic studies, and a welcome addition to college, university, and public libraries.
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In a caste theory of culture , one culture is the norm , All others deviate from it . The advantage of political theatre as a consciousness - raiser is its insistence that each group has its own norm - different from , but in no way ...
To begin with , the pivotal Oriental has no say over the culture in which he is to grow up . Nor is the possibility that he could grow up in a Third World culture even suggested . He will either be Russian or American .
religion , and a sickness under medicine , the " natural " practices of a cultural minority are ( or should be ) none of these things . What to the majority culture is a social issue is to the minority a way of life .
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The Great DepressionSocial Themes in the Theatrical
World War IITheatrical Themes from Antiwar
The Cold WarOnstage Sublimated Protest and
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