Contemporary American Drama (Edinburgh Critical Guides to by Annette Saddik
By Annette Saddik
This publication explores the improvement of up to date theatre within the UnitedStates in its old, political and theoretical dimensions. Itfocuses on consultant performs and function texts that experimentwith shape and content material, discussing influential playwrights andperformance artists resembling Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, SamShepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finleyand Will energy, along avant-garde theatre groups.Saddik lines the advance of latest drama in view that 1945, anddiscusses the cross-cultural influence of postwar British and Europeaninnovations on American theatre from the Fifties to the current day inorder to check the functionality of yank id. She argues thatcontemporary American theatre is basically a postmodern drama ofinclusion and variety that destabilizes the idea of fastened identityand questions the character of fact.
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1. Antonin Artaud, The Theater and Its Double, trans. Mary Caroline Richards (New York: Grove Press, ), p. . 1. Elin Diamond, ‘The shudder of catharsis in twentieth century performance’, in Performance and Performativity, ed. Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick (New York: Routledge, ), p. . 1. Artaud, The Theater and Its Double, p. . 1. Ibid. p. . . Ibid. p. . . Steven Connor, Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, ), pp.
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