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Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism by Robert Mcdonald,Linda Rohrer Paige,Theresa R. Mooney,Dr. John W. Lowe,Betty E. McKinnie,Carlos L. Dews,Donna Lisker,Elizabeth S. Bell,Judith Giblin James,Janet L. Gupton,J. Ellen Gainor,Claudia Barnett,Carolyn D. Roark,Elizabeth Brown-Guillory,Mary Lamb,Alan Shepard,Mary Resing,Sally Burke

Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism
Title:
Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism
Author:
Robert Mcdonald,Linda Rohrer Paige,Theresa R. Mooney,Dr. John W. Lowe,Betty E. McKinnie,Carlos L. Dews,Donna Lisker,Elizabeth S. Bell,Judith Giblin James,Janet L. Gupton,J. Ellen Gainor,Claudia Barnett,Carolyn D. Roark,Elizabeth Brown-Guillory,Mary Lamb,Alan Shepard,Mary Resing,Sally Burke
ISBN:
0817310800
ISBN13:
978-0817310806
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Category:
Performing Arts
Language:
English
Publisher:
University Alabama Press; First edition (February 12, 2002)
Pages:
304 pages
PDF size:
1734 kb
FB2 size:
1574 kb
EPUB size:
1600 kb

This timely collection addresses the neglected state of scholarship on southern women dramatists by bringing together the latest criticism on some of the most important playwrights of the 20th century.

Coeditors Robert McDonald and Linda Rohrer Paige attribute the neglect of southern women playwrights in scholarly criticism to "deep historical prejudices" against drama itself and against women artists in general, especially in the South. Their call for critical awareness is answered by the 15 essays they include in Southern Women Playwrights, considerations of the creative work of universally acclaimed playwrights such as Beth Henley, Marsha Norman, and Lillian Hellman (the so-called "Trinity") in addition to that of less-studied playwrights, including Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers, Alice Childress, Naomi Wallace, Amparo Garcia, Paula Vogel, and Regina Porter.

This collection springs from a series of associated questions regarding the literary and theatrical heritage of the southern woman playwright, the unique ways in which southern women have approached the conventional modes of comedy and tragedy, and the ways in which the South, its types and stereotypes, its peculiarities, its traditions-both literary and cultural-figure in these women's plays. Especially relevant to these questions are essays on Lillian Hellman, who resisted the label "southern writer," and Carson McCullers, who never attempted to ignore her southernness.

This book begins by recovering little-known or unknown episodes in the history of southern drama and by examining the ways plays assumed importance in the lives of southern women in the early 20th century. It concludes with a look at one of the most vibrant, diverse theatre scenes outside New York today-Atlanta.



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