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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 409–411.
Published: 01 June 2005
... contestation, these books together argue for the centrality of theater in any consideration of national formations while also suggesting that the conflicts staged in and through the theater— before the audience, backstage, and beyond—are rather easily marginalized. Wilmer observes that t]he theatre can...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 198–200.
Published: 01 March 2005
... in this study is Houchin’s ability to connect theater history to a larger cultural history. Houchin manages to do this effectively by constructing a coherent narrative through detailed research. The amount of information packed into this study is simply impressive without being over- whelming. Houchin does...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 450–454.
Published: 01 June 2003
..., Stages of Life works through contemporary Latina theater using a trans- cultural rubric first employed in Latin American anthropology. But Stages of Life also reaches conclusions that echo Nagel’s because Sandoval-Sánchez...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 415–416.
Published: 01 June 2001
...- ceptions of gender relations, sexuality, and gender identity to enter into our reading of texts This study, however, reminds us to try. Mimi Gladstein, University of Texas, El Paso The Portable Theater: American...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 587–617.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Julius B. Fleming, Jr. Abstract This essay examines the cultural and political work of the Free Southern Theater, specifically how this company used plantations, porches, and cotton fields in order to build a radical black southern theater in the civil rights movement. Staging plays like Samuel...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 156–158.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Amy E. Hughes Show Town: Theater and Culture in the Pacific Northwest, 1890–1920 . By Holly George . Norman : Univ. of Oklahoma Press . 2016 . x, 266 pp. Cloth, $29.95 ; e-book available. Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early American Stage . By Sarah E...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 429–455.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Emily Banta Abstract This essay considers how rowdy theater audiences contributed to a broader cultural understanding of democratic politics in the early United States, showing how raucous and occasionally riotous theater patrons enacted a form of popular rule that was predicated on the paying...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (3): 589–591.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Michael D’Alessandro Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans . By Juliane Braun . Charlottesville : Univ. of Virginia Press . 2019 . xv, 260 pp. Cloth, $69.50 ; paper, $35.00 ; e-book, $69.50 . Provocative Eloquence: Theater, Violence, and Antislavery...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (2): 273–299.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Danny Luzon Abstract This article explores the American Yiddish theater’s creative reworkings of William Shakespeare, a practice epitomized by the presumed parodic dictum “translated and improved” ( fartaytsht un farbessert ). It argues that this theater’s translational politics of chutzpah strives...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (3): 620–622.
Published: 01 September 2006
...Reginald Dyck Duke University Press 2006 A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago . By Richard Christiansen. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern Univ. Press. 2004. xvii, 317 pp. $29.95. Chicago Dreaming: Midwesterners and the City, 1871-1919...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 675–677.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Patricia Ybarra No Safe Spaces: Recasting Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in the American Theater . By Pao Angela C. . Ann Arbor : Univ. of Michigan Press , 2010 . vii , 305 pp. Paper , $32.50 . Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (4): 854–856.
Published: 01 December 2005
...John Whalen-Bridge 2005 Soldiers Once and Still: Ernest Hemingway, James Salter, and Tim O'Brien . By Alex Vernon. Iowa City: Univ. of Iowa Press. 2004. xi, 314 pp. $39.95; Hemingway's Theaters of Masculinity . By Thomas Strychacz. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press. 2003...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 188–190.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Britt Rusert © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture . By Benjamin Reiss. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press. 2008. xi, 237 pp. Cloth, $50.00; paper, $20.00. Popular Print and Popular Medicine: Almanacs...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 585–612.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Kristin Grogan Abstract This essay explores the relationship between Langston Hughes’s 1930s poetry and the Soviet avant-garde theater. It argues that the constructivist theater provides an aesthetic framework through which to read Hughes’s radical poetry. Often read as an artistic failure...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 647–675.
Published: 01 December 2008
... appeared in Philadelphia and New York as a vehicle of American social liberality toward women, developing a theme barely visible in Lemierre, and as the rare product of an American author on a U.S. stage otherwise dominated by British dramas and actors. Replaced in U.S. theaters by Marianna Starke's...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (4): 745–779.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Patrick Jagoda In recent years, the growing field of game studies has contributed to the ongoing cultural debate about what it means for videogames to be an art form that both selectively draws and dramatically departs from earlier forms such as the novel, theater, and cinema. To achieve a sense...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 725–752.
Published: 01 December 2010
...-of-the-century American theater, Tin Pan Alley and the music industry, anthropology and ethnography in the southern United States, and Toomer's debts or relations to other writers of the Harlem Renaissance, among them James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, and Langston Hughes. © 2010 by Duke...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (1): 121–151.
Published: 01 March 2011
..., and reception reveal the challenges of creating art that is aimed at social reform and confirm the difficulty in assessing the political function or, in Fredric Jameson's sense, the political unconscious of American literature. As a celebrated example of political theater, The Exonerated also provides a forum...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (1): 151–167.
Published: 01 March 2023
... Theater, among others, immersed themselves in the existential questions of freedom and responsibility, pointing the way toward ethical action at a time when there was, as the characters of the FST’s production of Waiting for Godot put it, “nothing to be done.” References Bean Annemarie , ed...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 127–152.
Published: 01 March 2009
...). The trope's polemical function is especially apparent when it is contrasted retrospectively with The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845), in which nature is a paralyzing wilderness rather than a theater of self-emancipation. Ecocriticism has failed so far to engage...