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  • 3 b/w illus. 1 map
  • Page extent: 260 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.398 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521032421 | ISBN-10: 0521032423)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published November 2006

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In this book, Susan Harris Smith looks at the many often conflicting cultural and academic reasons for the neglect and dismissal of American drama as a legitimate literary form. Covering a wide range of topics such as theatrical performance, the rise of nationalist feeling, the creation of academic disciplines, and the development of sociology, Smith's study is a contentious and revisionist historical inquiry into the troubled cultural and canonical status of American drama, both as a literary genre and as a mirror of American society.


Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: the problem of American drama; 2. Generic hegemony: the exclusion of American drama; 3. No corner in her own house: what is American about American drama?; 4. Did she jump or was she pushed? American drama in the university curriculum; 5. Caught in the close embrace: sociology and realism; 6. Conclusion: beyond hegemony and canonicity; References; Index.

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