The History of Southern Drama

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University Press of Kentucky, 23. okt. 1997 - 259 strani
Charles Watson explores this field from its eighteenth- and nineteenth-century roots through the Southern Literary Renaissance and Tennessee Williams's triumphs to the plays of Horton Foote, winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. Such well known modern figures as Lillian Hellman and DuBose Heyward earn fresh looks, as does Tennessee Williams's changing depiction of the South - from sensitive analysis to outraged indictment - in response to the Civil Rights movement. Two chapters devoted to drama by southern blacks begin with slave-born William Wells Brown, author of two plays as well as Clotelle, the first novel by an African American. Watson recognizes the trail-blazing plays of Zora Neale Hurston and closely examines the extensive output of Randolph Edmonds, author of forty-seven plays and a central force in encouraging black dramatic writing and production.
 

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The history of southern drama

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Watson (English, emeritus, Univ. of Alabama) writes toward the end of this book that Southern drama has not reached maturity until quite recently. Nevertheless, building on his 1976 study of the ... Celotno mnenje

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Definitions and Preliminaries
1
Nationalism and Native Culture in Virginia
10
Prolific Playwriting in Charleston
25
The Dramatist as Humorist in New Orleans
48
Drama Goes to War
64
The Modern Drama of Espy Williams
85
The Leadership of Paul Green
99
DuBose Heywards Transmutation of Black Culture
120
Black Drama Politics or Culture
140
Randolph Edmonds and Civil Rights
156
The Cultural Imagination of Tennessee Williams
170
Past and Present Cultures in Recent Drama
186
Politics Culture and the Rise of Southern Drama
206
Notes
212
Bibliography
237
Index
249

The Southern Marxism of Lillian Hellman
131

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Charles S. Watson, professor emeritus of English at the University of Alabama, is the author of Antebellum Charleston Dramatists and From Nationalism to Secessionism: The Changing Fiction of William Gilmore Simms.

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