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Modern American Drama on Screen

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R. Barton Palmer, William Robert Bray, Amanda Klein, David Eldridge, John S. Bak, Christopher Ames, Martin Halliwell, Neil Sinyard, Mary F. Brewer, David Lavery, Nancy McGuire Roche, Annette Saddik, Laurence Raw, Brenda Murphy, John D. Sykes, Jr, Tison Pugh
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316619681

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  • From its beginnings, the American film industry has profited from bringing popular and acclaimed dramatic works to the screen. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive account, focusing on key texts, of how Hollywood has given a second and enduring life to such classics of the American theater as Long Day's Journey into Night, A Streetcar Named Desire and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Each chapter is written by a leading scholar and focuses on Broadway's most admired and popular productions. The book is ideally suited for classroom use and offers an otherwise unavailable introduction to a subject which is of great interest to students and scholars alike.

    • All chapters have been written especially for this volume by leading scholars from both film and drama studies
    • Contributes to the ongoing study of the relationship between the Hollywood film industry and the American commercial theater
    • Illustrates film adaptation theory and practice through a series of case studies of important American plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316619681
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 46 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction R. Barton Palmer and William Robert Bray
    1. Realism, censorship, and social promise of Dead End Amanda Klein
    2. Screening Our Town (1940): or the problem of 'looking at everything hard enough' David Eldridge
    3. Screening Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller's cinema and its discontents R. Barton Palmer
    4. Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire William Robert Bray
    5. Come back, little Scopophile: William Inge, Daniel Mann, and cinematic voyeurism John S. Bak
    6. The Big Knife: Hollywood's 'fable about moral values and success' Christopher Ames
    7. Adapting Lorraine Hansberry's sociological imagination: race, housing, and health in A Raisin in the Sun Martin Halliwell
    8. The Children's Hour Neil Sinyard
    9. Screening Long Day's Journey into Night Mary F. Brewer
    10. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? David Lavery and Nancy McGuire Roche
    11. Sex, lies, and independent film: realism and reality in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love Annette Saddik
    12. Actor, image, action: Anthony Drazan's Hurlyburly (1998) Laurence Raw
    13. David Mamet brings film to Oleanna Brenda Murphy
    14. To what end Wit? John D. Sykes, Jr
    15. Theatrical, cinematic, and domestic epic in Tony Kushner's Angels in America (on stage and screen) Tison Pugh
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  • Editors

    William Robert Bray, Middle Tennessee State University
    William Robert Bray is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review and the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. He is the author of Tennessee Williams and his Contemporaries (2008) and (with R. Barton Palmer) Hollywood's Tennessee: The Williams Films and Postwar America (2009).

    R. Barton Palmer, Clemson University, South Carolina
    R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, South Carolina, where he also directs the Film Studies program. He is the author, editor or general editor of more than 40 volumes on various literary and cinematic subjects, and a leading figure in the field of adaptation studies. Among other publications in this area, Palmer is the editor of two previous volumes for Cambridge University Press: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen (2007) and Twentieth-Century American Fiction on Screen (2007).

    Contributors

    R. Barton Palmer, William Robert Bray, Amanda Klein, David Eldridge, John S. Bak, Christopher Ames, Martin Halliwell, Neil Sinyard, Mary F. Brewer, David Lavery, Nancy McGuire Roche, Annette Saddik, Laurence Raw, Brenda Murphy, John D. Sykes, Jr, Tison Pugh

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