Considering Alan Ball: Essays on Sexuality, Death and America in the Television and Film Writings

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Thomas Richard Fahy
McFarland & Company, 2006 - Drama - 184 pages
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 Dream - including idealized notions of the family, heterosexual norms, and the acceptance of prescribed gender roles - proves stifling and self-destructive. This is the first book to explore the impact of Ball's works on contemporary film, television, and western culture. The essays herein examine Ball's writings for theatre, television and film, with emphasis on his best-known work. They offer insight into both the captivating and problematic dimensions of Ball's work, while drawing connections among his diverse writings. An interview with Ball is included.

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

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Thomas Fahy, also the author of several books and editor of Considering David Chase: Essays on The Rockford Files, Northern Exposure and The Sopranos (2007) and 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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