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Thematic Guide to Modern Drama (Thematic Guides to Literature) [Kindle Edition]

Susan C. W. Abbotson

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The uniquely thematic approach of this resource will help teachers and librarians identify pertinent works of modern drama for students, and will enhance readers' understanding of these works. Organized alphabetically around 33 themes, each chapter presents an engaging essay exploring different perspectives of the theme in three representative plays. Readers will encounter themes of historical significance such as the heritage of slavery and the Holocaust, as well as timeless themes such as betrayal and guilt, growing up, and ambition and fame.

Ninety-nine plays are discussed, covering a broad range of works spanning more than a hundred years by such playwrights as George Bernard Shaw, Clifford Odets, and Henrik Ibsen, as well as more contemporary works by playwrights like David Mamet and Neil Simon. The selection of surveyed plays includes many of the canonical works most frequently assigned to students, such as Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Varied cultural perspectives are offered through chapters devoted to the experiences of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans, and Latino Americans.^LThis resource will be helpful to librarians identifying dramatic works of related themes, and to educators developing thematic units for the classroom. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast themes in works from different playwrights and time periods. An index allows users to search for works by title or author.


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Pertinent social issues relating to religion, sexuality, life choices, and 30 other themes recurring in modern American and world drama are compared and explored.

About the Author

SUSAN C. W. ABBOTSON has taught English for over 15 years, both at the high school and university levels. She currently teaches in the English Department of Rhode Island College. She is author of Student Companion to Arthur Miller (Greenwood, 2000) and co-author of Understanding Death of a Salesman (Greenwood, 1999). She also contributed the drama section of Resources for Teaching: Literature and Its Writers.

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  • File Size: 3268 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (April 30, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SB1EDI
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Born and bred just outside Liverpool in the UK, Professor Abbotson ventured to American shores in 1990 and finally found Rhode Island College in 1999, where she has taught ever since. While she has taught a variety of courses at the college, her main field is Modern and Contemporary Drama. A leading scholar on the work of Arthur Miller, Professor Abbotson has published three books and many articles on this seminal American writer. She has been President of the Arthur Miller Society, currently serves on their board, and manages their website. She is also the Performance Editor for the Arthur Miller Journal, was one of a panel of experts to discuss Arthur Miller on Tom Ashbrook's On Point, NPR, 12 Feb., 2005, and has been invited to talk about Miller at a number of area theaters. Professor Abbotson has also published pieces on playwrights such as Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, Thornton Wilder, Paula Vogel, Mae West, William Inge, August Wilson, and Eugene O'Neill. But her research interests extend beyond Drama to include Film, Children's and Adolescent Literature, The Short Story, Ethnic Literatures, and Twentieth Century British and American Literature. She even published an essay on Wallace and Gromit!

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