The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights: Guides to Contemporary Drama

Editat de Prof. Martin Middeke Dr. Peter Paul Schnierer, Christopher Innes, Dr. Matthew C. Roudané Contribuţii de Tom Adler, Professor Scott T. Cummings, Jochen Achilles, Dr. Ken Urban, Klaus Benesch, Russell Vandenbroucke, James Fisher, Professor Jill S. Dolan, Prof. Toby Zinman, Susan Abbotson, Annalisa Brugnoli, Ilka Saal, Aurélia Sanchez, Deborah Geis, Annette J. Saddik, Jorge Huerta, Joanna Mansbridge, Pia Wiegmink, Frazer Lively, Sandra G. Shannon, Birgit Daewes, Katherine Weiss, Professor Kerstin Schmidt
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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.
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ISBN-13: 9781408134795
ISBN-10: 1408134799
Pagini: 504
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 38 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Methuen Drama
Seria Guides to Contemporary Drama

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


This single volume serves as an introduction to all of the big names and emerging playwrights from the last fifty years offering a succinct analysis of their plays, style and contribution to American and world theatre

Notă biografică

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 Roudané is Professor and Chair of English at Georgia State University, USA.


INTRODUCTION1. EDWARD ALBEE(Tom Adler, Purdue, USA)2. MARlA IRENE FORNÉS(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 Eichstätt-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 CONTRIBUTORSINDEX


An extensive survey of twenty-five prominent American playwrights whose careers span the last fifty years ... Readers might employ this guide as an introduction to a playwright's career and oeuvre, as supplemental reading to one of the playwright's plays, or as a starting point for further research.. This guide provides useful and productive analysis of the playwrights.
This volume is a very comprehensive anthology [and] ... the editors are impressive scholars in their own right ... It is highly recommended for inclusion in college and university libraries, as a supplementary reading source for courses and for anyone interested in an introduction to twentieth-century American playwrights and their plays.


This is an authoritative single-volume guide to the work of twenty-five American playwrights from the 1960s to the present written by a team of twenty-five eminent scholars from the USA, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland. It is the perfect companion for students of American literature and drama.