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Reading Stephen Sondheim : A Collection of Critical Essays - Sandor Goodhart

Reading Stephen Sondheim

A Collection of Critical Essays

By: Sandor Goodhart (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780815337683
Number Of Pages: 304

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Stephen Sondheim is arguably the most important writer for the American musical stage today, the equivalent in his field of Miller, Albee, O'Neill, and Williams. Yet he has rarely been treated seriously within the academy. "Reading Stephen Sondheim: A Collection of" "Critical Essays "is an attempt to remedy that situation. Bringing together scholars and critics from a wide variety of literary and theoretical perspectives, this book undertakes to examine all of Sondheim's major productions and themes.

"The authors do employ an impressive array of methodologies to analyze and interpret Sondheim's oeuvre." -Judith Sebesta, University of Arizona

Series Editor's Forewordp. xiii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Contributorsp. xxi
Introduction: Reading Sondheim: The End of Ever Afterp. 3
Sources, Institutions, Themes
The Sung and the Said: Literary Value in the Musical Dramas of Stephen Sondheimp. 37
Maternity, Madness, and Art in the Theater of Stephen Sondheimp. 61
"Every Day a Little Death": Sondeim's Un-musicaling of Marriagep. 77
The Funeral of Follies: Stephen Sondheim and the Razing of American Musical Theaterp. 89
Difference and Sameness: Tarchetti's Fosca, Scola's Passione d'Amore, and Sondheim's Passionp. 101
"It Takes Two": A Duet on Duets in Follies and Sweeney Toddp. 121
Enchantment on the Manicured Lawns: The Shakespearean "Green World" in A Little Night Musicp. 133
Arresting Development: Law, Love, and the Name-of-the-Father in Sweeney Toddp. 171
Visions and Re-visions: The Postmodern Challenge of Merrily We Roll Alongp. 187
A Cathedral to Artp. 199
"Happily ... Ever ..." Never: The Antithetical Romance of Into the Woodsp. 209
"The Mother's Part": Love, Letters, and Reading in Sondheim's Passionp. 221
Works Citedp. 259
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780815337683
ISBN-10: 081533768X
Series: Studies in Modern Drama : Book 10
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.29  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1