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By David K. Sauer

ISBN-10: 1604977574

ISBN-13: 9781604977578

This learn seeks to reunite American drama with extra of the mainstream of yank literature utilizing modern literary theories of feminism, Derrida, Lacan, in addition to the character of language. It additionally specializes in the theatrical ways in which performs paintings via functionality and staging. This unearths how modern playwrights see themselves now not as authors, yet as elements of a workforce of designers, actors, and administrators. degree instructions are principally passed over, yet wisdom of unique productions--both as noticeable stay and recorded on tapes archived at Lincoln Center--reveal features of fragmentation of surroundings, minimalist performing, emphasis at the "unsayable", which makes those performs way more postmodern than they may look simply as learn. extra importantly, the ultimate bankruptcy unearths how those innovations culminate in Nineties play' skill to increase past the genuine in a myriad of the way, all united by means of a brand new, postmodern view of the divine as interpenetrating fact. in a single feel, this appears to be like juggling a variety of assorted items-poststructural idea, modernist realists, in addition postmodern deconstructive realists and theatrical perform. All healthy jointly well, even though, in each one bankruptcy via a spotlight on functionality, staging is noticeable as important to the dramatic adventure, with experiences, photos, and archival videotapes of productions used to ensure and discover the performs' meanings. The performs, taken as a complete, replicate the major problems with American society from reactions to the Vietnam battle, via problems with sexual choice, race, and feminism and its backlash, via problems with wealth and poverty to reach at a brand new imaginative and prescient of a forgiving divine which accepts with out judgment the entire problems with range. American Drama and the Postmodern is a vital booklet for collections in American literature, drama and theatre, in addition to for literary theory.

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