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American Drama
The Bastard Art

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511822278

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  • In this book, Susan Harris Smith looks at the many often conflicting cultural and academic reasons for the neglect and dismissal of American drama as a legitimate literary form. Covering a wide range of topics such as theatrical performance, the rise of nationalist feeling, the creation of academic disciplines, and the development of sociology, Smith's study is a contentious and revisionist historical inquiry into the troubled cultural and canonical status of American drama, both as a literary genre and as a mirror of American society.

    • Focuses critical attention on a neglected genre
    • Provides a revisionist perspective on American theatrical history
    • Examines the cultural history of American drama
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511822278
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    1. Introduction: the problem of American drama
    2. Generic hegemony: the exclusion of American drama
    3. No corner in her own house: what is American about American drama?
    4. Did she jump or was she pushed? American drama in the university curriculum
    5. Caught in the close embrace: sociology and realism
    6. Conclusion: beyond hegemony and canonicity
    References
    Index.

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    Susan Harris Smith, University of Pittsburgh

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