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The Cambridge History of American Theatre By Don B. Wilmeth (Brown University, Rhode Island)

The Cambridge History of American Theatre by Don B. Wilmeth (Brown University, Rhode Island)

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This unique three-volume history covers all aspects of American theatre from plays and playwrights, through actors and acting, to theatre groups and directors. Each volume includes an extensive overview and timeline followed by chapters on specific aspects of American theatre.

The Cambridge History of American Theatre Summary

The Cambridge History of American Theatre by Don B. Wilmeth (Brown University, Rhode Island)

The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to play writing, directors, performers, and designers. Engaging the theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and a fact of American social and political life, the History recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance and addresses the economic context that conditions the drama presented. The History approaches its subject with a full awareness of relevant developments in literary criticism, cultural analysis, and performance theory. At the same time, it is designed to be an accessible, challenging narrative. Volume One deals with the colonial inceptions of American theatre through the post-Civil War period: the European antecedents, the New World influences of the French and Spanish colonists, and the development of uniquely American traditions in tandem with the emergence of national identity.

The Cambridge History of American Theatre Reviews

'Wilmeth and Bigsby's history is the finest written about the American theatre in many years. A must for all college and university libraries.' Choice
'The essays give the reader not only the flavour of the times but also a growing sense of national identity that the theatre began to reflect.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University Journal of Theatre Research International
'Nowhere has the American theatre been treated to such a thorough discussion of its culture, plays and players, directors, designers, architects and producers, also encompassing the development and transformation of the theatre within the country's changing social and political climate.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University
'All three volumes have greatly contributed to a better understanding of the American theatre as a reflection of the changing political, social and cultural face of the United States.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University Journal of Theatre Research International

Table of Contents

Introduction Christopher Bigsby and Don B. Wilmeth; Timeline: beginnings to 1870 compiled by Don B. Wilmeth and Jonathan Curley; 1. American theatre in context from the beginning to 1870 Bruce McConachie; 2. Structure and management in the American theatre from the beginning to 1870 Douglas McDermott; 3. The plays and playwrights: plays and playwrights to 1800 Peter A. Davis; Plays and playwrights: 1800-1865 Gary A. Richardson; 4. The actors: European actors and the star system in the American theatre, 1752-1870 Simon Williams; The emergence of the American actor Joseph Roach; 5. Scenography, stagecraft, and architecture in the American theatre, beginnings to 1870 Mary C. Henderson; 6. Paratheatricals and popular stage entertainment Peter G. Buckley.

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GOR010976223
9780521679831
0521679834
The Cambridge History of American Theatre by Don B. Wilmeth (Brown University, Rhode Island)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2006-01-16
544
Winner of American Society for Theatre Resarch Bernard Hewitt Award 1999
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