Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors, and the American Dramatic Text

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Barbara Ozieblo-Rajkowska, María Dolores Narbona-Carrión
Peter Lang, Jan 1, 2006 - Performing Arts - 299 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Theoteleological Narrative and the Narratees Rebellion
17
Making Middlebrow Theater in America
21
Reading Drama Plays in American Periodicals 18901918
39
Anna Cora Mowatt Player and Playwright
55
The Woman Artist as Portrayed by Rachel Crothers
69
Feminist Revisions of Classic Texts on the American Stage
87
Charles Mees Intertextual and Intercultural Inscriptions
105
Sophie Treadwell Jung and the Mandala
123
Captured Images Performing the First Nations Other
169
E Pluribus Plurum From a Unifying National Identity
185
Politics in Paratextual and Textual Elements in Fences
201
Food Cultural Identity and the Body
215
Authenticity and the Divinely Amateur
233
Mamets Actors A Life in the Theatre
251
The Contemporary Ethics of Violence
265
The Solace of Chocolate Squares
281

Artistic Expression Intimacy and Primal Holon
137
in Tony Kushners Angels in America
153
Notes on Contributors
295
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About the author (2006)

Barbara Ozieblo teaches American literature and women's studies at the University of Malaga in Spain.

Maria Dolores Narbona-Carrion is Assistant Professor of American Literature and History at the University of Malaga. Her publications deal with American theater and Nineteenth-century American women writers. She has co-organized and participated in several international conferences on American theater at the University of Malaga.