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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Waiting for Lefty , by Clifford Odets ( 1935 ) , shows all “ producing members of society " to be equally oppressed by capitalism , and unites them all together to “ strike ” for a Marxist society in which they will control the means of ...
Since initial defeats were probable , it was equally likely that many citizens might turn to any available alternative to Stalin . The trials were intended to show that opposition to Stalin was the equivalent of opposition to communism ...
... theme of Giving Up the Ghost ( 1984 ) by Hispanic poet Cherrie Moraga . As the years pass , De Veaux's ideal comes to seem more possible : “ New worlds / a new path / new context for living and working together . Equally . Whole .
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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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