Considering Alan Ball: essays on sexuality, death and America in the television and film writings

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McFarland & Co., Mar 30, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 184 pages
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Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the film American Beauty and creator of the HBO series Six Feet Under, Alan Ball has consistently probed the cultural forces shaping gender, sexuality, and death in the United States. Through gritty dialogue and edgy humor, Ball centers much of his social critique on the illusory promises of the American Dream. For many of his characters, a belief in the American Dreamincluding idealized notions of the family, heterosexual norms, and the acceptance of prescribed gender rolesproves stifling and self-destructive. This is the first book to explore Balls writings for theater, television and film, with an emphasis on his best-known work. These essays offer insight into both the captivating and problematic dimensions of Balls work, while drawing connections among his diverse writings. An interview with Ball is included.

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Contents

Sexuality Death and the American Dream in the Works
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An Interview with Alan Ball
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Alan Balls American Beauty
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Copyright

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Thomas Fahy, also the editor of Considering Aaron Sorkin: Essays on the Politics, Poetics and Sleight of Hand in the Films and Television Series (2005) is an assistant professor of English and director of American Studies at Long Island University.

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