A History of Modern Drama: Volume 2 - 1960-2000

A History of Modern Drama: Volume 2 - 1960-2000

By: David Krasner (author)Hardback

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A History of Modern Drama: Volume II explores a remarkable breadth of topics and analytical approaches to the dramatic works, authors, and transitional events and movements that shaped world drama from 1960 through to the dawn of the new millennium. * Features detailed analyses of plays and playwrights, examining the influence of a wide range of writers, from mainstream icons such as Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, to more unorthodox works by Peter Weiss and Sarah Kane * Provides global coverage of both English and non-English dramas including works from Africa and Asia to the Middle East * Considers the influence of art, music, literature, architecture, society, politics, culture, and philosophy on the formation of postmodern dramatic literature * Combines wide-ranging topics with original theories, international perspective, and philosophical and cultural context Completes a comprehensive two-part work examining modern world drama, and alongside A History of Modern Drama: Volume I, offers readers complete coverage of a full century in the evolution of global dramatic literature.

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David Krasner is Professor and Dean of the School of the Arts at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. He is the author and editor of numerous books on modern drama, African American theatre, dramatic theory and criticism, and acting, including A History of Modern Drama: Volume I (2012), and Theatre in Theory: An Anthology (editor, 2008), both published by Wiley Blackwell.


Preface and Acknowledgments ix Part I: Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Strangers More than Ever: Modern Drama and Alternative Modernities 3 Part II: United Kingdom and Ireland 47 Chapter 2 Jewish Oedipus, Jewish Ethics: Harold Pinter and Postmodern Philosophy 49 Chapter 3 Tom Stoppard and the Limits of Empiricism 92 Chapter 4 Caryl Churchill, Monetarism, and the Feminist Dilemma 119 Chapter 5 Can t Buy Me Love : Socialism, Working Class Sensibilities, and Modern British Drama 139 Chapter 6 Between Past and Present: Brian Friel s Symbolic Middle Ground 186 Part III: United States 205 Chapter 7 Participate, I suppose : Edward Albee and the Specter of Death 207 Chapter 8 Ask a Criminal : White Postmodern Manhood in David Mamet and Sam Shepard 225 Chapter 9 Modern Drama, Modern Feminism, and Postmodern Motherhood 254 Chapter 10 History, Reinvention, and Dialectics: African American Drama and August Wilson 279 Chapter 11 Tony Kushner s Angels in America: Postmodern Ethics in the Age of Reagan 301 Part IV: Western and Eastern Europe 319 Chapter 12 Post ]War, Cold War, and Post ]Cold War: Marxism, Post ]Totalitarianism, and European Drama in the Postmodern Era 321 Chapter 13 Eastern Europe, Totalitarianism, and the Wooden Words 353 Part V: Postcolonial Drama 387 Chapter 14 The Fragmentation of the Self in Postcolonial Drama 389 Chapter 15 Africa: Wole Soyinka, Athol Fugard, and Christina Ama Ata Aidoo 401 Chapter 16 Central and South America: Carlos Fuentes and Derek Walcott 417 Chapter 17 Asia and the Middle East: Yukio Mishima, Gao Xingjian, Girish Karnad, Hanoch Levin, and SaaDallah Wannous 429 Chapter 18 Canada: Ann ]Marie MacDonald and Judith Thompson 449 Part VI: Nihilism at the Door 459 Chapter 19 Crisis of Values and Loss of Center in the Plays of Martin McDonagh and Sarah Kane 461 Chapter 20 Blasted, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Phaedra s Love 477 Chapter 21 Pushing More Boundaries: Children and Desire 493 Notes 500 Index 567

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  • publication date: 12/04/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781405157582
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 608
  • ID: 9781405157582
  • weight: 1068
  • ISBN10: 1405157585

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