The Cambridge Companion To Edward Albee

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The Cambridge Companion To Edward Albee

Author : Stephen Bottoms
ISBN : 0521834554
Genre : Drama
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Edward Albee, perhaps best known for his acclaimed and infamous 1960s drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is one of America's greatest living playwrights. Now in his seventies, he is still writing challenging, award-winning dramas. This collection of essays on Albee, which includes contributions from the leading commentators on Albee's work, brings fresh critical insights to bear by exploring the full scope of the playwright's career, from his 1959 breakthrough with The Zoo Story to his recent Broadway success, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2002). The contributors include scholars of both theatre and English literature, and the essays thus consider the plays both as literary texts and as performed drama. The collection considers a number of Albee's lesser-known and neglected works, provides a comprehensive introduction and overview, and includes an exclusive, original interview with Mr Albee, on topics spanning his whole career.
Category: Drama

Edward Albee And Absurdism

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ISBN : 9789004324961
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In Edward Albee and Absurdism, Michael Y. Bennett has assembled an outstanding team of Edward Albee scholars to address Albee’s affiliation with Martin Esslin’s label, “Theatre of the Absurd,” examining whether or not this label is appropriate.
Category: Literary Criticism

Edward Albee

Author : Phyllis T. Dircks
ISBN : 9780786456598
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This work covers the canon of playwright Edward Albee, perhaps best known as the author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Comprehensive entries detail the plays and major characters. Other features include biographical information and insights into Albee’s artistic beliefs, his understanding of the playwright’s responsibility, the importance of music in drama, and the technical craft of writing plays.
Category: Literary Criticism

Modern American Drama Playwriting In The 1960s

Author : Mike Sell
ISBN : 9781350153622
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Decades of Modern American Drama series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equips readers with a detailed understanding of the context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade receives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material. The major playwrights and their plays to receive in-depth coverage in this volume include: * Edward Albee: The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), A Delicate Balance (1966) and Tiny Alice (1964 ); * Amiri Baraka: Dutchman (1964), The Slave (1964) and Slaveship (1967); * Adrienne Kennedy: Funnyhouse of a Negro (1964), Cities in Bezique (The Owl Answers and A Beast's Story, 1969), and A Rat's Mass (1967); * Jean-Claude van Itallie: American Hurrah (1966), The Serpent (1968) and War (1963).
Category: Literary Criticism

The Methuen Drama Guide To Contemporary American Playwrights

Author : Christopher Innes
ISBN : 9781408134818
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights is an authoritative single-volume guide to the work of twenty-five American playwrights from the second half of the twentieth century, written by a team of twenty-five eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland contributing individual studies to the work of each playwright. Each of the twenty-five chapters provides: a biographical introduction to the playwright and their work; a survey and concise analysis of each of the writer's published plays; a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and the critical reception; and a full bibliography of published plays, listing of premieres 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, Tracey Letts and Neil LaBute, besides many more. Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, this collection surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To Wilkie Collins

Author : Jenny Bourne Taylor
ISBN : 9781139827331
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Wilkie Collins was one of the most popular writers of the nineteenth century. He is best known for The Woman in White, which inaugurated the sensation novel in the 1860s, and The Moonstone, one of the first detective novels; but he wrote over 20 novels, plays and short stories during a career that spanned four decades. This Companion offers a fascinating overview of Collins's writing. In a wide range of essays by leading scholars, it traces the development of his career, his position as a writer and his complex relation to contemporary cultural movements and debates. Collins's exploration of the tensions which lay beneath Victorian society is analysed through a variety of critical approaches. A chronology and guide to further reading are provided, making this book an indispensable guide for all those interested in Wilkie Collins and his work.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To The Literature Of London

Author : Lawrence Manley
ISBN : 9780521897525
Genre : History
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This book offers a variety of approaches to the topic of London in English literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
Category: History

The Cambridge Companion To Modernism

Author : Michael Levenson
ISBN : 9781107495708
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This Companion has long been a standard introduction to the field. This second edition is updated and enhanced with four new chapters, addressing the key themes being researched, taught and studied in modernism. Its interdisciplinary approach is central to its success as it brings together readings of the many varieties of modernism. Chapters address the major literary genres, the intellectual, religious and political contexts, and parallel developments in film, painting and music. The catastrophe of the First World War, the emergence of feminism, the race for empire, the conflict among classes: the essays show how these events and circumstances shaped aesthetic and literary experiments. In doing so, they explain clearly both the precise formal innovations in language, image, scene and tone, and the broad historical conditions of a movement that aspired to transform culture.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To Voltaire

Author : Nicholas Cronk
ISBN : 9781139827577
Genre : Literary Criticism
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As a leading thinker of the European Enlightenment, Voltaire is a central figure in France's collective cultural memory. The popularity of Candide has made him perhaps best known as a writer of tales. Yet these represent only a fraction of his entire œuvre. Voltaire created a style of authorship which made him the most famous writer in Europe and made him a figurehead for a certain style of writing and thinking. This Companion covers his plays, fiction, pamphlets, correspondence, biblical criticism, and historical, political and philosophical thought, to give a wide-ranging view of his writings. The most comprehensive book on Voltaire available in English, it makes accessible the most recent research in France as well as the English-speaking world, in a series of original essays and a guide to sources. The essays demonstrate why Voltaire remains an essential point of reference in defining the modern intellectual today.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To American Modernism

Author : Walter Kalaidjian
ISBN : 9781139827140
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Cambridge Companion to American Modernism provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of American literary modernism from 1890 to 1939. These original essays by twelve distinguished scholars of international reputation offer critical overviews of the major genres, literary culture, and social contexts that define the current state of Modern American literature and cultural studies. Among the diverse topics covered are nationalism, race, gender and the impact of music and visual arts on literary modernism, as well as overviews of the achievements of American modernism in fiction, poetry and drama. The book concludes with a chapter on modern American criticism. An essential reference guide to the field, the Companion offers readers a chronology of key events and publication dates covering the first half of the twentieth century in the United States, and a bibliography of further reading organized by chapter topics.
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The Cambridge Companion To Arthur Miller

Author : Christopher Bigsby
ISBN : 0521559928
Genre : Drama
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This Companion provides an introduction to one of the most important playwrights of the twentieth century.
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The Cambridge Companion To Tennessee Williams

Author : Matthew C. Roudané
ISBN : 052149883X
Genre : Drama
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This collection of thirteen original essays covers Williams's work from the early apprenticeship years in the 1930s to his last play before his death in 1983.
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Edward Albee

Author : Toby Silverman Zinman
ISBN : 0472099191
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Introduction -- Peter and Jerry: "Homelife" and The zoo story -- The zoo story -- The death of Bessie Smith -- The sandbox -- The American dream -- Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? -- Tiny Alice -- A delicate balance -- Box and quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung -- All over -- Seascape -- Listening -- Counting the ways: a vaudville -- The lady from Dubuque -- The man who had three arms -- Finding the sun -- Marriage play -- Tall women -- Fragments -- The play about the baby -- The goat or, who is Sylvia? -- Occupant -- Knock! knock! who's there!? -- Bibliography -- Chronology of plays.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Influence Of Tennessee Williams

Author : Philip C. Kolin
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131616422
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"The author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof drew on personal and family drama for material. Essays examine how Williams's confessional style influenced Inge, Mamet, Kushner, Lori-Parks and others. There is a special study of African-
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The Cambridge Companion To Sam Shepard

Author : Roudane
ISBN : 0521777666
Genre : Drama
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Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed on and off Broadway and in all the major regional American theatres. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and scholarly audience. In this collection of seventeen original essays, American and European authors from different professional and academic backgrounds explore the various aspects of Shepard's career - his plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work. The volume covers the major plays, including Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, and True West, as well as other lesser known but vitally important works. A thorough chronology of Shepard's life and career, together with biographical chapters, a note from the legendary Joseph Chaikin, and an interview with the playwright, give a fascinating first-hand account of an exuberant and experimental personality.
Category: Drama

Edward Albee

Author : Matthew Roudané
ISBN : 9780521898294
Genre : Drama
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Edward Albee (1928-2016) was a central figure in modern American theatre, and his bold and often experimental theatrical style won him wide acclaim. This book explores the issues, public and private, that so influenced Albee's vision over five decades, from his first great success, The Zoo Story (1959), to his last play, Me, Myself, & I (2008). Matthew Roudan covers all of Albee's original works in this comprehensive, clearly structured, and up-to-date study of the playwright's life and career: in Part I, the volume explores Albee's background and the historical contexts of his work; Part II concentrates on twenty-four of his plays, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962); and Part III investigates his critical reception. Surveying Albee's relationship with Broadway, and including interviews conducted with Albee himself, this book will be of great importance for theatregoers and students seeking an accessible yet incisive introduction to this extraordinary American playwright.
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New Essays On American Drama

Author : Gilbert Debusscher
ISBN : 9051831072
Genre : Literary Criticism
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