Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors and the American Dramatic Text (Dramaturgies #17) (Paperback)

Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors and the American Dramatic Text (Dramaturgies #17) By Marc Maufort (Editor), Barbara Ozieblo (Editor), María Dolores Narbona-Carrión (Editor) Cover Image
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This is book number 17 in the Dramaturgies series.


Theater has always been the site of visionary hopes for a reformed national future and a space for propagating ideas, both cultural and political, and such a conceptualization of the histrionic art is all the more valuable in the post-9/11 era. The essays in this volume address the concept of Americanness and the perceptions of the alien - as ethnic, class or gendered minorities - as dealt with in the work of American playwrights from Anna Cora Mowatt, through Rachel Crothers or Susan Glaspell, and on to Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Nilo Cruz or Wallace Shawn. The authors of the essays come from a multi-national university background that includes the United States, the United Arab Emirates and various countries of the European Community. In recognition of the multiple components of drama, the essays for the volume were selected in order to exemplify different aspects and theories of theater studies: the playwright, the play, the audience and the actor are all examined as part of the theatrical experience that serves to formulate American national identity.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789052010281
ISBN-10: 9052010285
Publisher: P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Editions Scientifiques
Publication Date: May 8th, 2006
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Dramaturgies