Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights

ISBN-10: 0521576806

ISBN-13: 9780521576802

Edition: 1999

Authors: Brenda Murphy

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This volume addresses the work of women playwrights throughout the history of the American theatre, from the early pioneers to contemporary feminists. Each chapter introduces the reader to the work of one or more playwrights and to a way of thinking about plays. Together they cover significant writers such as Rachel Crothers, Susan Glaspell, Lillian Hellman, Sophie Treadwell, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Megan Terry, Ntozake Shange, Adrienne Kennedy, Wendy Wasserstein, Marsha Norman, Beth Henley and Maria Irene Fornes. Playwrights are discussed in the context of topics such as early comedy and melodrama, feminism and realism, the Harlem Renaissance, the feminist resurgence of the 1970s and feminist dramatic theory. A detailed chronology and illustrations enhance the volume, which also includes bibliographical essays on recent criticism and on African-American women playwrights before 1930.
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Pioneers
Comedies by early American women
Women writing melodrama
Realism and feminism in the Progressive Era
Inheritors
Susan Glaspell and modernism
The expressionist moment: Sophie Treadwell
Feminism and the marketplace: the career of Rachel Crothers
The Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Movement
Lillian Hellman: feminism, formalism, and politics
From Harlem to Broadway: African American women playwrights at mid-century
New feminists
Feminist theory and contemporary drama
Feminist theatre of the seventies in the United States
Contemporary playwrights/traditional forms
Wendy Wasserstein: a feminist voice from the seventies to the present
Further reading
Contemporary American women playwrights: a brief survey of selected scholarship
Discovering and recovering African American women playwrights writing before 1930
Works cited
Index
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