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Codifying the National Self

Spectators, Actors and the American Dramatic Text

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Edited By Barbara Ozieblo and María Dolores Narbona-Carrión

Theater has always been the site of visionary hopes for a reformed national future and a space for propagating ideas, both cultural and political, and such a conceptualization of the histrionic art is all the more valuable in the post-9/11 era. The essays in this volume address the concept of «Americanness» and the perceptions of the «alien» – as ethnic, class or gendered minorities – as dealt with in the work of American playwrights from Anna Cora Mowatt, through Rachel Crothers or Susan Glaspell, and on to Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Nilo Cruz or Wallace Shawn. The authors of the essays come from a multi-national university background that includes the United States, the United Arab Emirates and various countries of the European Community. In recognition of the multiple components of drama, the essays for the volume were selected in order to exemplify different aspects and theories of theater studies: the playwright, the play, the audience and the actor are all examined as part of the theatrical experience that serves to formulate American national identity.

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Table of Contents Acknowledgements ................................................................................ 7 INTRODUCTION. Codifying the National Self. Spectator, Actor and the American Dramatic Text.......................... 11 Barbara Ozieblo Making Middlebrow Theater in America ......................................... 21 David Savran Reading Drama. Plays in American Periodicals 1890-1918............. 39 Susan Harris Smith Anna Cora Mowatt. Player and Playwright...................................... 55 Wendy Ripley The Woman Artist as Portrayed by Rachel Crothers and Heather McDonald....................................................................... 69 María Dolores Narbona-Carrión Feminist Revisions of Classic Texts on the American Stage ............ 87 Sharon Friedman Charles Mee’s Intertextual and Intercultural Inscriptions. The Suppliants vs Big Love ................................................................ 105 Savas Patsalidis Sophie Treadwell, Jung, and the Mandala. Acting a Gendered Identity .............................................................. 123 Miriam López-Rodríguez Artistic Expression, Intimacy and Primal Holon in Sam Shepard.................................................................................. 137 William S. Haney II 10 Codifying the National Self Theo/teleological Narrative and the Narratee’s Rebellion in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.............................................. 153 Claus-Peter Neumann “Captured Images.” Performing the First Nations’ “Other” ....... 169 Marc Maufort E Pluribus, Plurum. From a Unifying National Identity to Plural Identities in Susan Glaspell’s Inheritors .......................... 185 Noelia Hernando-Real Politics in Paratextual and Textual Elements in Fences ................ 201 Thierry Dubost Food, Cultural Identity, and the Body. New Recipes for Latinas’ Emerging Selves ..................................... 215 Esther Álvarez-López Authenticity and the “Divinely Amateur.” The Romantic in Richard Maxwell .................................................. 233 Natalie I. Alvarez Mamet’s Actors. A Life in the Theatre and Other Writings on the Art of Acting ........................................ 251 Jerry Dickey The Contemporary Ethics of Violence. Cruz, Solis and Homeland Security ................................................. 265 Jon D. Rossini The Solace of Chocolate Squares. Thinking about Wallace Shawn...

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