Twenty-First Century American Playwrights

Bigsby, Christopher (2018) Twenty-First Century American Playwrights. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108419581

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The early years of the twenty-first century saw several losses for the American theatre but also marked the emergence of a new generation of exciting playwrights. In this book, Christopher Bigsby explores the work of nine of these developing talents, and the importance of issues including race, gender and politics for their writing. Increasingly, these new figures are gaining their reputations not on Broadway but in small theatres and small towns or even abroad, bringing fresh and diverse perspectives to contemporary American drama. With a focus on female writers and on issues of personal and public identity in contemporary society, this volume investigates the styles and techniques these playwrights favour, the themes they raise, and their role in a changing America and a changing world. - Introduces and analyses nine contemporary playwrights and the themes they explore in their work, making this an essential resource for students of modern theatre - Includes in-depth discussion of issues in gender and racial identity, examining the work of seven women writers and two African-American writers - Debates the role of politics in contemporary American drama, considering the role and potential of theatre as a medium for writers to engage with socio-political concerns

Item Type: Book
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
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Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2017 05:07
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