Performing Arts

Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire/Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Author: Thomas P. Adler

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

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Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) are major plays by Tennessee Williams, one of America's most significant dramatists. They both received landmark productions and are widely-studied and performed around the world. The plays have also inspired popular screen adaptations and have generated a body of important and lasting scholarship. In this indispensable Reader's Guide, Thomas P. Adler: • charts the development of the criticism surrounding both works, from the mid-twentieth century through to the present day • provides a readable assessment of the key debates and issues • examines a range of theoretical approaches from biographical and New Criticism to feminist and queer theory. In so doing, Adler helps us to appreciate why these plays continue to fascinate readers, theatregoers and directors alike.
Literary Criticism

Arthur Miller - Death of a Salesman/The Crucible

Author: Stephen Marino

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

View: 947

This guide surveys the criticism surrounding two of Arthur Miller's most popular and widely-studied plays. From initial theatre reviews to twenty-first-century scholarship, Stephen Marino examines the major debates and trends of critical inquiry providing an essential resource for anyone with an interest in Miller's work.
Literary Criticism

William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Author: Sarah Haggarty

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

View: 838

Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794) is William Blake's best-known work, containing such familiar poems as 'London', 'Sick Rose' and 'The Tyger'. Evolving over the author's lifetime, the collection was printed by Blake himself on his own press. This Reader's Guide: • explains the unique development of Songs as an illuminated book • considers the earliest reactions to the text during Blake's lifetime, and his gathering posthumous reputation in the nineteenth century • explores modern critical approaches and recent debates • discusses key topics that have been of abiding interest to critics, including the relationship between text and image in Blake's 'composite art'. Insightful and stimulating, this introductory guide is an invaluable resource for anyone who is seeking to navigate their way through the mass of criticism surrounding Blake's most widely-studied work.
Literary Criticism

The Poetry of Ted Hughes

Author: Sandie Byrne

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 484

This Reader's Guide charts the reception history of Ted Hughes' poetry from his first to last published collection, culminating in posthumous tributes and assessments of his lifetime achievement. Sandie Byrne explores the criticism relating to key issues such as nature, myth, the Laureateship, and Hughes' relationship with Sylvia Plath.
Drama

A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams

Author: Stephen Bottoms

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 296

View: 535

A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams provides the essential guide to Williams' most studied and revived dramas. Authored by a team of leading scholars, it offers students a clear analysis and detailed commentary on four of Williams' plays: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth. A consistent framework of analysis ensures that whether readers are wanting a summary of the play, a commentary on the themes or characters, or a discussion of the work in performance, they can readily find what they need to develop their understanding and aid their appreciation of Williams' artistry. A chronology of the writer's life and work helps to situate all his works in context and the introduction reinforces this by providing a clear overview of Williams' writing, its recurrent themes and concerns and how these are intertwined with his life and times. For each play the author provides a summary of the plot, followed by commentary on: * The context * Themes * Characters * Structure and language * The play in production (both on stage and screen adaptations) Questions for study, and notes on words and phrases in the text are also supplied to aid the reader. The wealth of authoritative and clear commentary on each play, together with further questions that encourage comparison across Williams' work and related plays by other leading writers, ensures that this is the clearest and fullest guide to Williams' greatest plays.
Drama

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 127

View: 609

The powerful and moving story of a dysfunctional Southern family.
Drama

The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia

Author: Philip C. Kolin

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 350

View: 509

Alphabetically arranged entries by expert contributors detail the life and work of one of America's greatest playwrights.