American Stage and the Great Depression by Mark Fearnow
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American Stage and the Great Depression
By Mark Fearnow

The American Stage and the Great Depression

A Cultural History of the Grotesque

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American Stage and the Great Depression by Mark Fearnow

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This book proposes a correlation between the divided 'mind' of America during the Depression and popular stage works of the era. Theatre works such as Jack Kirkland's comic-horrific adaptation of Tobacco Road, Olsen and Johnson's 'scream-lined revue', Hellzapoppin, and successful plays by Robert E. Sherwood, Clare Boothe Luce and S. N. Behrman are interpreted as theatrical reflections of Depression culture's sense of being trapped between a discredited past and a nightmarish future. The author analyses America of the 1930s as an era of the 'grotesque', in which the irreconcilable were forced into tense and dynamic coexistence, and by examining these works of theatre as products of particular historical circumstances, argues for a strong connection between cultural history and theatre history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521561112
ISBN-10: 0521561116
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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American Stage and the Great Depression by Mark Fearnow American Stage and the Great Depression, Paperback (February 2007)

A study of the 'grotesque' in American theatre of the 1930s.

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