Codifying the National Self -

Codifying the National Self

Spectators, Actors and the American Dramatic Text

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Theater has always been the site of visionary hopes for a reformed national future and a space for propagating ideas, both cultural and political, and such a conceptualization of the histrionic art is all the more valuable in the post-9/11 era. The essays in this volume address the concept of "Americanness" and the perceptions of the "alien" - as ethnic, class or gendered minorities - as dealt with in the work of American playwrights from Anna Cora Mowatt, through Rachel Crothers or Susan Glaspell, and on to Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Nilo Cruz or Wallace Shawn. The authors of the essays come from a multi-national university background that includes the United States, the United Arab Emirates and various countries of the European Community. In recognition of the multiple components of drama, the essays for the volume were selected in order to exemplify different aspects and theories of theater studies: the playwright, the play, the audience and the actor are all examined as part of the theatrical experience that serves to formulate American national identity.

Product code: 9789052010281

ISBN 9789052010281
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H220xW150
Series Dramaturgies Textes, Cultures et Representations Texts, Cultures and Performances
No. Of Pages 299
Publisher Presses Interuniversitaires Europeennes