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The Resource American feminist playwrights : a critical history, Sally Burke, (electronic resource)

American feminist playwrights : a critical history, Sally Burke, (electronic resource)

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American feminist playwrights : a critical history
Title
American feminist playwrights
Title remainder
a critical history
Statement of responsibility
Sally Burke
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The history of America's feminist playwrights is as old as the history of the nation. Since the incorporation of the United States in the late 1700s, scores of women have dramatized the plight of women in a culture dominated by the interests of its men. Mercy Otis Warren, a patriot of the Revolution, was not only the country's first woman playwright but also its first feminist playwright. Warren and the dramatists Susanna Rowson and Anna Cora Mowatt, who followed her in the 19th century, addressed in their plays such feminist concerns as the objectification of women, the silencing of their voices, and their psychological and physical abuse - concerns that continue to appear in the plays of contemporary feminist playwrights. Burke's study examines works intensely feminist in their message - the suffrage plays of the early women's movement, the social protest dramas of the 1920s and 1930s, the plays advocating equal rights from the late 1960s onward - and those whose feminism seems an almost unintentional part of their content. Lillian Hellman, who professed no special interest in women's issues and disdained discussions of herself as a "woman" playwright, nonetheless addressed in her dramas numerous feminist themes, including women's need for financial independence, the treatment of women as possessions, the crippling effects of male dominance, and society's attitudes toward lesbianism. In the latter half of the 20th century a number of feminist playwrights integrated into their dramatic consciousness an awareness of racism. Since 1949, when Alice Childress produced her one-act play Florence, such dramatists as Lorraine Hansberry, Adrienne Kennedy, and Ntozake Shange have exposed the insidious effects of racism and sexism on the lives of black women. At the core of Burke's examination of all of the playwrights she discusses is the belief that there is no one, "correct" kind of feminism. "Theorists now speak of diversity within feminism, " Burke writes, "of feminisms." But whatever the distinctions in their underlying philosophies or their blueprints for change, American feminist playwrights since Mercy Otis Warren have shared their refusal both to "live by disabling definitions that mark women as inferior" and to "represent women onstage by such definitions." Mourning those women whose lives have been irreparably damaged by the oppressions of a male-dominated culture, they celebrate the persistent spirit that continues to challenge and remake it
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Cataloging source
OCLCE
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Burke, Sally
Dewey number
812.009/9287
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS338.F45
LC item number
B87 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Twayne's critical history of American drama
  • Gale virtual reference library
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  • American drama
  • Feminist drama
  • Feminism and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Sex role in literature
Label
American feminist playwrights : a critical history, Sally Burke, (electronic resource)
Link
http://find.galegroup.com/openurl/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&url_ctx_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&req_dat=info:sid/gale:ugnid:nhmccd_main&res_id=info:sid/gale:GVRL&ctx_enc=info:ofi:enc:UTF-8&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:book&rft_id=info:sid/gale:bmcode:recid/3FCN
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Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 242-258) and index
Contents
Pioneers and prototypes: America's first feminist playwrights -- The woman question onstage -- From Boston to Harlem: the varied voices --Anticipating the second wave -- The second wave: a multiplicity of concerns -- Feminisms: the debate over realism
Control code
ocn610017766
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 270 p.)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780805717372
Isbn Type
(electronic book)
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1475153
  • (OCoLC)610017766
Label
American feminist playwrights : a critical history, Sally Burke, (electronic resource)
Link
http://find.galegroup.com/openurl/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&url_ctx_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&req_dat=info:sid/gale:ugnid:nhmccd_main&res_id=info:sid/gale:GVRL&ctx_enc=info:ofi:enc:UTF-8&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:book&rft_id=info:sid/gale:bmcode:recid/3FCN
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 242-258) and index
Contents
Pioneers and prototypes: America's first feminist playwrights -- The woman question onstage -- From Boston to Harlem: the varied voices --Anticipating the second wave -- The second wave: a multiplicity of concerns -- Feminisms: the debate over realism
Control code
ocn610017766
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 270 p.)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780805717372
Isbn Type
(electronic book)
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1475153
  • (OCoLC)610017766

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