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Wendy Wasserstein

Jill Dolan (author)

ISBN: 9780472073627

Publication Date: Jul 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Playwright Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006) wrote topical, humorous plays addressing relationships among women and their families, taking the temperature of social moments from the 1960s onwards. This volume provides a critical introduction and a feminist reappraisal of the significant plays of one of the most famous contemporary American women playwrights.
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Playwright Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006), author of The Heidi Chronicles, wrote topical, humorous plays addressing relationships among women and their families, taking the temperature of social moments from the 1960s onward to debate women's rightful place in their professional and personal lives. The playwright's popular plays continue to be produced on Broadway and in regional theaters around the country and the world. Wasserstein's emergence as a popular dramatist in the 1970s paralleled the emergence of the second-wave feminist movement in the United States, a cultural context reflected in the themes of her plays. Yet while some of her comedies and witty dramas were wildly successful, packing theaters and winning awards, feminists of the era often felt that the plays did not go far enough.
 
Wendy Wasserstein provides a critical introduction and a feminist reappraisal of the significant plays of one of the most famous contemporary American women playwrights. Following a biographical introduction, chapters address each of her important plays, situating Wasserstein's work in the history of the US feminist movement and in a historical moment in which women artists continue to struggle for recognition.

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Skillfully weaves together historical, dramaturgical, literary, and practical methodologies to attend to everything from Wasserstein's complicated place in the canon to how the plays were initially staged and received . . . Not simply a play-by-play exploration of Wasserstein's work, this book is also a rigorous examination of the gender and race politics of commercial theatre (specifically Broadway)." - Charlotte M. Canning, University of Texas
Pages 208
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2017
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Series Michigan Modern Dramatists
Subject/s Literary studies: plays & playwrights   Gender studies, gender groups   Gay & Lesbian studies   Theatre: individual actors & directors   Gay studies (Gay men)  
Jill Dolan is Dean of the College, Annan Professor of English, and Professor of Theatre at Princeton University. She received the George Jean Nathan Award for her blog, The Feminist Spectator.

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