The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights (Guides to Contemporary Drama)

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights (Guides to Contemporary Drama)

By: Peter Paul Schnierer (editor), Christopher Innes (editor), Tom Adler (contributor), Urban Urban (contributor), Achilles Achilles (contributor), Scott T. Cummings (contributor), Peter Paul Schnierer (volume_editor), Matthew C. Roudane (volume_editor), Christopher Innes (volume_editor), Prof. Martin Middeke (volume_editor)Paperback

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Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years. This authoritative guide leads you through the work of 25 major contemporary American playwrights, discussing more than 140 plays in detail. Written by a team of 25 eminent international scholars, each chapter provides: * a biographical introduction to the playwright's work; * a survey and concise analysis of the writer's most important plays; * a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and critical reception; * a bibliography of published plays and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. The abundance of work analysed enables fresh, illuminating conclusions to be drawn about the development of contemporary American playwriting.

About Author

Martin Middeke is Professor and Chair of English Literature at the University of Augsburg, Germany. Peter Paul Schnierer is Professor and Chair of English Literature at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Christopher Innes is a Professor of English at York University, Canada, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Performance and Culture. Matthew Roudane is Professor and Chair of English at Georgia State University, USA.


INTRODUCTION 1. EDWARD ALBEE (Tom Adler, Purdue, USA) 2. MARlA IRENE FORNES (Scott Cummings, Boston College, USA) 3. RICHARD GREENBERG (Jochen Achilles, Wurzburg, Germany) 4. JOHN GUARE (Ken Urban, Harvard, USA) 5. DAVID-HENRY HWANG (Russell Vandenbroucke, Louisville, USA) 6. ADRIENNE KENNEDY (Klaus Benesch, LMU Munich, Germany) 7. TONY KUSHNER (James Fisher, North Carolina, USA) 8. NEIL LABUTE (Christopher Innes, Toronto, Canada) 9. DAVID MAMET (Toby Zinman, Philadelphia, USA) 10. DONALD MARGULIES (Kerstin Schmidt, Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt, Germany) 11. TERRENCE MCNALLY (Peter Paul Schnierer, Heidelberg, Germany) 12. ARTHUR MILLER (post - 1970) (Susan Abbotson, Rhode Island, USA) 13. MARSHA NORMAN (Annalisa Brugnoli, University of Venice, Italy) 14. SUZAN-LORI PARKS (Ilka Saal, Erfurt, Germany) 15. SARAH RUHL (Deborah Geis, DePauw, USA) 16. JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY (Annette J. Saddik, CUNY, USA) 17. WALLACE SHAWN (Martin Middeke, Augsburg, Germany) 18. SAM SHEPARD (Katherine Weiss, East Tennessee State University, USA) 19. CHRISTOPHER SHINN (Stephen Bottoms, University of Manchester, UK) 20. LUIS VALDEZ (Jorge Herta, UCSD, USA) 21. PAULA VOGEL (Joanna Mansbridge, Nova Scotia, Canada) 22. NAOMI WALLACE (Pia Wiegmink, Mainz, Germany) 23. WENDY WASSERSTEIN (Frazer Lively, Weseleyan, USA) 24. AUGUST WILSON (Sandra G. Shannon, Howard, USA) 25. WILLIAM S. YELLOW ROBE (Birgit Daewes, Mainz, Germany) NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS INDEX

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  • ISBN13: 9781408134795
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 504
  • ID: 9781408134795
  • weight: 533
  • ISBN10: 1408134799

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