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The American Stage and the Great Depression
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  • 4 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 228 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.495 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 812/.5209358
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PS351 .F44 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • American drama--20th century--History and criticism
    • Depressions--United States--History--20th century
    • Theater--United States--History--20th century
    • Depressions in literature
    • Grotesque in literature

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521561112 | ISBN-10: 0521561116)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published January 1997

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The American Stage and the Great Depression: A Cultural History of the Grotesque proposes a correlation between the divided "mind" of America during the Depression and popular stage works of the era, which are interpreted as theatrical reflections of Depression culture's sense of being trapped between a discredited past and a nightmarish future. The author analyzes the 1930s as an era of the grotesque, in which the irreconcilable were forced into tense and dynamic coexistence.


List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: loving the grotesque; 1. The grotesque and the Great Depression; 2. The political analogy; or, 'tragicomedy' in an in-between age; 3. Misery burlesqued: the peculiar case of Tobacco Road; 4. Chaos and cruelty in the theatrical space: Horse Eats Hat, Hellzapoppin, and the pleasure of farce; Appendix: cast and staff information for principal productions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


"...provides valuable insights into the popular culture (theatre and fiflm) of a period which has often been categorized too indiscriminately as the "red decade." American Studies

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