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

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Thomas Fahy
McFarland, Nov 1, 2014 - Performing Arts - 190 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 Ball’s 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 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
The Psychology of Houses
The Dangerous Aesthetics
AntiAesthetic Art
The Therapeutic Drama
The Queer Intimacies of Six Feet Under 07
When We Living Awaken 24
Visibility and
The American Dream
Works for Theater Film and Television 73

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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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