Staging the War: American Drama and World War II

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Indiana University Press, 16. 3. 2004 - Počet stran: 352

What happened in American drama in the years between the Depression and the conclusion of World War II? How did war make its impact on the theatre? More important, how was drama used during the war years to shape American beliefs and actions? Albert Wertheim's Staging the War brings to light the important role played by the drama during what might arguably be called the most important decade in American history. As much of the country experienced the dislocation of military service and work in war industries, the dramatic arts registered the enormous changes to the boundaries of social classes, ethnicities, and gender roles. In research ranging over more than 150 plays, Wertheim discusses some of the well-known works of the period, including The Time of Your Life, Our Town, Watch on the Rhine, and All My Sons. But he also uncovers little-known and largely unpublished plays for the stage and radio, by such future luminaries as Arthur Miller and Frank Loesser, including those written at the behest of the U.S. government or as U.S.O. musicals. The American son of refugees who escaped the Third Reich in 1937, Wertheim gives life to this vital period in American history.

 

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This is a fascinating and groundbreaking study of American drama from 1935 to 1955, with a special emphasis on plays written and produced during the war years. Wertheim (English, theater, & drama ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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The Drama of the War Years
54
The Government the Drama and the War
126
World War II Radio Plays
174
The Aftermath
225
Notes
291

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Strana 4 - You could see them kissing behind ash-pits and telephone poles. This was the compensation for lives that passed like mine, without any change or adventure. Adventure and change were imminent in this year. They were waiting around the corner for all these kids. Suspended in the mist over Berchtesgaden, caught in the folds of Chamberlain's umbrella— In Spain there was Guernica!

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Albert Wertheim (1941--2003) was Professor of English and of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University. His other books include The Dramatic Art of Athol Fugard: From South Africa to the World (IUP, 2000).

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