The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights

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Brenda Murphy
Cambridge University Press, 1999 M06 28
This volume addresses the work of women playwrights throughout the history of the American theatre, from the early pioneers to contemporary feminists. Each chapter introduces the reader to the work of one or more playwrights and to a way of thinking about plays. Together they cover significant writers such as Rachel Crothers, Susan Glaspell, Lillian Hellman, Sophie Treadwell, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Megan Terry, Ntozake Shange, Adrienne Kennedy, Wendy Wasserstein, Marsha Norman, Beth Henley and Maria Irene Fornes. Playwrights are discussed in the context of topics such as early comedy and melodrama, feminism and realism, the Harlem Renaissance, the feminist resurgence of the 1970s and feminist dramatic theory. A detailed chronology and illustrations enhance the volume, which also includes bibliographical essays on recent criticism and on African-American women playwrights before 1930.

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Comedies by early American women
3
Women writing melodrama
19
Realism and feminism in the Progressive Era
31
Inheritors
47
Susan Glaspell and modernism
49
The expressionist moment Sophie Treadwell
66
Feminism and the marketplace the career of Rachel Crothers
82
The Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Movement
98
Feminist theory and contemporary drama
155
Feminist theatre of the seventies in the United States
173
Contemporary playwrightstraditional forms
195
Wendy Wasserstein a feminist voice from the seventies to the present
213
Further reading
233
Contemporary American women playwrights a brief survey of selected scholarship
235
Discovering and recovering African American women playwrights writing before 1930
244
Works cited
254

Lillian Hellman feminism formalism and politics
118
From Harlem to Broadway African American women playwrights at midcentury
134
New feminists
153

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