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The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Brenda Murphy

The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Brenda Murphy (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521576802
Number Of Pages: 324

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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.

'... an excellent collection of fifteen essays presenting complex analyses of the position of women and women's drama throughout American history, frequently offering opportunities for future research.' Theatre Research International

List of illustrationsp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Chronologyp. xix
Pioneers
Comedies by early American womenp. 3
Women writing melodramap. 19
Realism and feminism in the Progressive Erap. 31
Inheritors
Susan Glaspell and modernismp. 49
The expressionist moment: Sophie Treadwellp. 66
Feminism and the marketplace: the career of Rachel Crothersp. 82
The Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Movementp. 98
Lillian Hellman: feminism, formalism, and politicsp. 118
From Harlem to Broadway: African American women playwrights at mid-centuryp. 134
New feminists
Feminist theory and contemporary dramap. 155
Feminist theatre of the seventies in the United Statesp. 173
Contemporary playwrights/traditional formsp. 195
Wendy Wasserstein: a feminist voice from the seventies to the presentp. 213
Further reading
Contemporary American women playwrights: a brief survey of selected scholarshipp. 235
Discovering and recovering African American women playwrights writing before 1930p. 244
Works citedp. 254
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780521576802
ISBN-10: 0521576806
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 6th September 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44