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Modern American Drama, 1945–2000

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: December 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521790895

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  • In this new edition of the widely-acclaimed Modern American Drama, Christopher Bigsby completes his survey of postwar and contemporary theatre and brings the reader up to 2000. While retaining the key elements of the first edition, including surveys of those major figures who have shaped postwar American drama, such as Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, David Mamet, and Sam Shepard, Bigsby also explores the most recent works and performances: these include plays by established dramatists such as Miller's The Ride down Mount Morgan and Albee's Three Tall Women, as well as works by relatively new playwrights Paula Vogel, Tony Kushner, and Terrence McNally among others. Bigsby also provides a new chapter, 'Beyond Broadway' and offers an analysis of how theatre has formed and influenced the millenial culture of America.

    • Bigsby the number one writer on contemporary American theatre and knows many of the dramatists he includes in the book
    • Brings the first edition, '1945–1990', up to date to 2000 and includes the latest plays and playwrights
    • Perfect as a course book and also as a guide for the general reader and theatre enthusiast
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From the first edition: 'This is both a biographical history of the American playwrights treated, and a highly perceptive factual rendering of the development of American drama in the past half century. I believe it will be invaluable both for its insights into plays and authors and the interplay of social forces working through them … Bigsby has, in effect, read the evolving American spirit through its theatre. It is a work of enormous encyclopaedic breadth, reaching out into the myriad byways of American theatre, encompassing all its styles and approaches, but always with an eye to the central preoccupation of all serious theatre, the nation's mysterious soul.' Arthur Miller

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521790895
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to first edition
    Preface to second edition
    1. The absent voice: American drama and the critic
    2. Eugene O'Neill's Endgame
    3. Tennessee Williams: the theatricalising self
    4. Arthur Miller: the moral imperative
    5. Edward Albee: journey to apocalypse
    6. A Broadway interlude
    7. Sam Shepard: imagining America
    8. David Mamet: all true stories
    9. The performing self
    10. Redefining the centre: politics, race, gender
    11. Beyond Broadway

  • Author

    C. W. E. Bigsby, University of East Anglia

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