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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A typical example is Lillian Hellman's The Searching Wind ( 1944 ) which reached most of us as a film a year after the war ended . Hellman's central character is an ex - World War I soldier turned American diplomat .
element in his life Lou associates with blackness - for example , that his father and brother work with their hands , that his passions are aroused when he is petting with his girlfriend - he now sees as evidence of inferiority to be ...
42 Examples of such friendships include Natty Bumppo and Uncus , Ishmael and Queequeg , the Lone Ranger and Tonto , and Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock . These relationships are acceptable because they are “ natural ” and because they have ...
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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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