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Twenty-First Century American Playwrights


  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108411448

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  • The early years of the twenty-first century saw several losses for the American theatre but also marked the emergence of a new generation of exciting playwrights. In this book, Christopher Bigsby explores the work of nine of these developing talents, and the importance of issues including race, gender and politics for their writing. Increasingly, these new figures are gaining their reputations not on Broadway but in small theatres and small towns or even abroad, bringing fresh and diverse perspectives to contemporary American drama. With a focus on female writers and on issues of personal and public identity in contemporary society, this volume investigates the styles and techniques these playwrights favour, the themes they raise, and their role in a changing America and a changing world.

    • Introduces and analyses nine contemporary playwrights and the themes they explore in their work, making this an essential resource for students of modern theatre
    • Includes in-depth discussion of issues in gender and racial identity, examining the work of seven women writers and two African-American writers
    • Debates the role of politics in contemporary American drama, considering the role and potential of theatre as a medium for writers to engage with socio-political concerns
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    'By looking at emerging voices who are slowly but surely making a mark on the US stage and building their reputations, Bigsby charts changes in American theater and drama not just in terms of its thematic focus on the politics of identity, but also in terms of the degree to which such themes now penetrate small theaters across the country. Recommended.' Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108411448
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 174 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Annie Baker
    2. Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
    3. Katori Hall
    4. Amy Herzog
    5. Tracy Letts
    6. David Lindsay-Abaire
    7. Lynn Nottage
    8. Sarah Ruhl
    9. Naomi Wallace.

  • Author

    Christopher Bigsby, University of East Anglia
    Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature. He has published more than fifty books, with his recent titles including The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture (Cambridge, 2006), The Cambridge Companion to August Wilson (Cambridge, 2007) and Viewing America: Twenty-First Century Television Drama (Cambridge, 2013).

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