Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights
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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/28/1999
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|List of illustrations|
|Notes on contributors|
|Comedies by early American women|
|Women writing melodrama|
|Realism and feminism in the Progressive Era|
|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|
|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|
|Contemporary American women playwrights: a brief survey of selected scholarship|
|Discovering and recovering African American women playwrights writing before 1930|