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The The Cambridge History of American Theatre 3 Volume Hardback Set The Cambridge History of American Theatre: Beginnings to 1870 Volume 1 - Cambridge History of American Theatre (Hardback)
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The The Cambridge History of American Theatre 3 Volume Hardback Set The Cambridge History of American Theatre: Beginnings to 1870 Volume 1 - Cambridge History of American Theatre (Hardback)

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Hardback 543 Pages / Published: 28/02/1998
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The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to play writing, directors, performers, and designers. Engaging the theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and a fact of American social and political life, the History recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance and addresses the economic context that conditions the drama presented. The History approaches its subject with a full awareness of relevant developments in literary criticism, cultural analysis, and performance theory. At the same time, it is designed to be an accessible, challenging narrative. Volume One deals with the colonial inceptions of American theatre through the post-Civil War period: the European antecedents, the New World influences of the French and Spanish colonists, and the development of uniquely American traditions in tandem with the emergence of national identity.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521472043
Number of pages: 543
Weight: 1004 g
Dimensions: 237 x 160 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Wilmeth and Bigsby's history is the finest written about the American theatre in many years. A must for all college and university libraries.' Choice
'The essays give the reader not only the flavour of the times but also a growing sense of national identity that the theatre began to reflect.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University Journal of Theatre Research International
'Nowhere has the American theatre been treated to such a thorough discussion of its culture, plays and players, directors, designers, architects and producers, also encompassing the development and transformation of the theatre within the country's changing social and political climate.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University
'All three volumes have greatly contributed to a better understanding of the American theatre as a reflection of the changing political, social and cultural face of the United States.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University Journal of Theatre Research International
"Editors Wilmeth (Brown Univ.) and Bigsby (Univ. of East Anglia, UK) and other top scholars weave a tapestry of performance art and cultural history against a background of changing social and political history in well-written chapters....Wilmeth and Bigsby's history is the finest written about the American theater in many years....A must for all college and university libraries." Choice
"The book's form and content make it both accessible and challenging to scholars from the advanced undergraduate through the postgraduate levels. It sets a new standard for comprehensive histories of American theater." Kim Marra, The Journal of American History
"What is striking about this history is the new and old historiography that characterizes it. The Cambridge History of American Theatre, Vol.I will find a ready audience at all levels of theatre research." Theatre Journal

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