Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice

Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Perspectives

Authors: Pressley, N.

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Twenty years after Tony Kushner's influential Angels in America seemed to declare a revitalized potency for the popular political play, there is a "No Politics" prejudice undermining US production and writing. This book explores the largely unrecognized cultural patterns that discourage political playwriting on the contemporary American stage.

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Nelson Pressley recently received his PhD from the University of Maryland.

Reviews

"American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice addresses a timely, even urgent question: what has happened to the tradition of socially engaged playwriting in the United States since its two high-water marks in the twentieth century? Something has changed - perhaps irrevocably - in the way our culture makes room for political debate on its stages, in the way playwrights theatricalize political life, embody committed thought and action, and measure the space between utopian ideals and harsher realities." - Marc Robinson, author of The American Play: 1787-2000


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: No Politics, Please, We’re American

    Pressley, Nelson

    Pages 1-4

  • “Politics”

    Pressley, Nelson

    Pages 5-23

  • The Case of Kushner

    Pressley, Nelson

    Pages 25-35

  • Reception and the Anti-Political Prejudice in America

    Pressley, Nelson

    Pages 37-70

  • State of the Nation: The United Kingdom and the United States

    Pressley, Nelson

    Pages 71-94

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice
Book Subtitle
Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Perspectives
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Nelson Pressley
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41518-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137415189
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43705-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49372-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 193
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