Dis/Figuring Sam Shepard (Dramaturgies #21) (Paperback)

Dis/Figuring Sam Shepard (Dramaturgies #21) By Marc Maufort (Editor), Johan Callens Cover Image
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This is book number 21 in the Dramaturgies series.


This illustrated volume covers the career of Sam Shepard, the provocative American playwright, scriptwriter, actor, and director, through an introductory survey followed by in-depth analyses of representative selections from the one-acts (Action, States of Shock), experimental collaborations with Joseph Chaikin (Savage/Love), and by now classic family plays (Buried Child, A Lie of the Mind). It ranges from Shepard's unpublished adaptation of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus through the textual variants and political context of Operation Sidewinder to Robert Altman's movie version of Fool for Love, besides offering brief comparisons with fellow dramatists (Albee and Beckett) and visual artists (Edward Weston, Marsden Hartley). Several performance analyses supplement the textual criticism and provide a sample of European directorial approaches. Together, these takes offer a composite picture of an artist whose output over the past forty years has turned him into a figurehead of twentieth century drama, studied and produced all over the world with a keen eye for his idiosyncratic and critical view of what it means to be American.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789052013527
ISBN-10: 9052013527
Publisher: P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Editions Scientifiques
Publication Date: November 7th, 2007
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: Dramaturgies