Feminine Focus

Feminine Focus : New Women Playwrights

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This collection of sixteen essays by leading theater critics offers a fresh and exciting look at modern drama as it is being written by women today. Combining a variety of critical approaches, Brater situates the new women playwrights at the center of a continuing debate about what constitutes power, privilege, and current stage practice. His symposium examines the work of Caryl Churchill, Rochelle Owens, Ariane Mnouchkine, Marsha Norman, Simone Benmussa, Tina Howe, Sarah Daniels, Maria Irene Fornes, Pam Gems, and Ntozake Shange, as well as theater collectives of the 1970s and 1980's, to provide a diverse look at the tension between theoretical matters and questions of dramatic style, performance, and enactment. A mixture of historical, thematic, structural, psychoanalytic, and feminist readings, this collection sharpens our definition of what value and vision mean in contemporary theater.show more

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  • Hardback | 299 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 952.54g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195057880
  • 9780195057881

Table of contents

Introduction, Enoch Brater; images of women in modern English theatre, Katherine Worth; stereotype and prototype, Austin Quigley; Ariane Mnouchkine - playwright of a collective, Ruby Cohn; Benmussa's adaptations, Elin Diamond; the reverse side of a portrait or "donnez-moi de mes nouvelles", Rosette C.Lamont; staging sexual differences, Sharon R. Willis; from split subject to split britches, Sue Ellen case; the play of letters, Timothy Murray; still playing games, William Worthen; Susan Glaspell's contributions to contemporary women playwrights, Linda Ben-Zvi; rites and responsibilities, Helene Keyssar; the art of Tina Howe, Judith E.Barlow; the way out, the way in, Leslie Kane.show more