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Staging Difference

Cultural Pluralism in American Theatre and Drama – Second Printing


Edited By Marc Maufort

This volume seeks to determine how contemporary American playwrights and theatre practitioners translate the current debate on cultural pluralism in the United States. While offering re-visions of the Melting Pot, they often challenge its idealistic assumptions, thus inscribing in their work the cultural difference of minorities. Up to now, scholars have studied isolated aspects of this phenomenon. Staging Difference tries to offer a more comprehensive vision, examining the influence of multiculturalism both on performance and dramatic literature.


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Marc Maufort Staging Difference: A Challenge to the American Melting Pot Cultural Pluralism and Performance Sarah Blackstone Simplifying the Native American: Wild West Shows Exhibit the "Indian" 9 Beverly Bronson Smith The Semiotics of Difference: Representations of Ethnicity and Nativism in Early Twentieth Century American Theatre 19 Deborah Wood Holton Who Do You See When You Look At Me? Black Core Values and African American Identity in Performance 31 Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei Intercultural Directing: Revitalizing Force or Spiritual Rape? 45 Bruce A. McConachie The "Oriental" Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the U.S. War in Southeast Asia 57 Kim Marra Marginal Experience/Mainstream Vision in the Theatrical Career of Zelda (Paldi) Sears 75 Felicia Hardison Londre Confronting Shakespeare's "Political Incorrectness" in Production: Contemporary American Audiences and the New "Problem Plays" 85 Vlll Staging Difference The Canon of American Drama and Cultural Difference Ronald R. Miller Eugene O'Neill's First Transcultural Epic: "Universal History" in The Fountain 99 Martha Bower The Pathology of Resistance to Cultural Assimilation in Eugene O'Neill's Late Plays Ill James A. Robinson Both His Sons: Arthur Miller's The Price and Jewish Assimilation 121 Georges-Michel Sarotte Fluidity and Differentiation in Three Plays by Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 141 Johan Callens Sam Shepard's Inter/National Stage 157 Alain Piette The Devil's Advocate: David Mamet's Oleanna and Political Correctness The Emergence of a New Multicultural Drama James S. May Asian American Visibility: Touring Fierce Racial 173 Geographies 191 Robert Cooperman New...

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