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Macmillan Higher Education

American Drama

In Dialogue, 1714-Present

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24 May 2017

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An essential introductory textbook that guides students through three hundred years of American plays, as well as their remarkable engagement with texts from across the Atlantic. Divided into seven historical periods,...

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An essential introductory textbook that guides students through three hundred years of American plays, as well as their remarkable engagement with texts from across the Atlantic. Divided into seven historical periods, Jacqueline Foertsch offers unique overviews of 38 American plays and their reception, from Robert Hunter’s Androboros (c.1714) to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton (2015). Each historical section begins with an overseas play that proved influential to American playwrights in that period, demonstrating to students an astonishing dialogue taking place across the Atlantic.

This is an ideal core text for modules on American Drama – or a supplementary text for broader modules on American Literature – which may be offered at the upper levels of an undergraduate Literature, Drama, Theatre Studies or American Studies degree. In addition it is a crucial resource for students who may be studying American Drama as part of a taught postgraduate degree in Literature, Drama or American Studies.

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  • Comprehensive scope: tells the fascinating story of American identity formation over the course of 300 years through the nation's unique staged narratives
  • Offers students a distinctive focus on understanding American plays within historical and transnational contexts, relating particular American plays to their European antecedents
  • Each chapter contains a 'Drama in Dialogue' feature, which helps students to understand the connections between plays
  • Explores widely-studied themes such as Indian removal, the slavery question, modern women and the American dream
  • Encourages students to challenge the popular assumptions that American playwrights wrote inside a vacuum of national self-consciousness, and that American drama is not worth considering before the early twentieth century
  • Supported by a companion website

Preface.- SECTION I: UN-AMERICAN ORIGINS (1714-1798).- Transatlantic Touchstone: Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal (1777).- Robert Hunter, Androboros (1714)
Royal Tyler, The Contrast (1787).- William Dunlap, André (1798).- Drama in Dialogue: The Contrast and André.- SECTION II: THE RISE OF MELODRAMA (1798-1870).- Transatlantic Touchstone: René-Charles de Pixérécourt, Coelina, or the Child of Mystery (1800).- James Nelson Barker, The Indian Princess (1808).- John August Stone, Metamora, or the Last of the Wampanoags (1829).- Drama in Dialogue: The Indian Princess and Metamora.- William Henry Smith, The Drunkard (1844).- Anna Cora Mowatt, (1845).- Thomas L. Aiken, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).- Dion Boucicault, The Octoroon (1859).- Drama in Dialogue: Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Octoroon.- SECTION III: AN EXPLOSION OF ENTERTAINMENTS – AND THE EMERGENCE OF REALISM (1870-1916).- Transatlantic Touchstone: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House (1879).- Sam T. Jack, Beauty in Dreamland, or The Pearls of the Orient (1889).- James A. Herne, Margaret Fleming (1890).- Eugene Walter, The Easiest Way (1908).- Drama in Dialogue: Margaret Fleming and The Easiest Way.- SECTION IV: O'NEILL, HIS COHORT, AND THE LEGITIMATE STAGE BETWEEN THE WARS (1916-1945).- Transatlantic Touchstone: Georg Kaiser, From Morn Til Midnight (1912, 1917).- Susan Glaspell, Trifles (1916).- Elmer Rice, The Adding Machine (1923).- Sophie Treadwell, Machinal (1928).- Drama in Dialogue: The Adding Machine and Machinal.- Lillian Hellman, The Children's Hour (1934).- Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty (1935).- Thornton Wilder, A Streetcar Named Desire (1947).- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman (1949).- William Inge, Come Back, Little Sheba (1950).- Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun (1959).- Drama in Dialogue: Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun.- SECTION VI: ALBEE, OTHERS, AND THE AMERICAN ABSURDIST TRADITION (1959-1980).- Transatlantic Touchstone: Samuel Beckett, Endgame (1957).- Edward Albee, Zoo Story (1959).- Amiri Baraka, Dutchman (1964).- Drama in Dialogue: Zoo Story and Dutchman.- John Guare, House of Blue Leaves (1971).- Maria Irene Fornés, Fefu and her Friends (1977).- Sam Shepard, Buried Child (1978).- Drama in Dialogue: House of Blue Leaves and Buried Child.- SECTION VII: DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE (1980-present).- Transatlantic Touchstone: Athol Fugard, Blood Knot (1961).- David Henry Hwang, FOB (1981).- William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., The Independence of Eddie Rose (1986).- August Wilson, Fences (1987).- Drama in Dialogue: Death of a Salesman and Fences.- David Mamet, Oleanna (1992).- Tony Kushner, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (1993).- Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive (1997).- Suzan Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog (2001).- Drama in Dialogue: Angels in America and Topdog/Underdog.- Nilo Cruz, Anna in the Tropics (2002).- Neil Labute, Fat Pig (2004).- Drama in Dialogue Oleanna and Fat Pig.- John Patrick Shanley, Doubt (2004).- Sarah Ruhl, Dead Man's Cell Phone> (2007).- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton (2015).

Companion website featuring play scripts, images and essay questions to help students engage more fully with topics:
https://www.macmillanihe.com/companion/Foertsch-American-Drama/
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Jacqueline Foertsch is Professor of English at the University of North Texas, USA. She has published widely on American drama, novels and films.

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Jacqueline Foertsch is Professor of English at the University of North Texas, USA. She has published widely on American drama, novels and films.

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