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Urban Drama

The Metropolis in Contemporary North American Plays

Authors: Westgate, J. Chris

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About this book

Identifying an apprehension about the nature and constitution of urbanism in North American plays, Westgate examines how cities like New York City and Los Angeles became focal points for identity politics and social justice at the end of the twentieth century, and how urban crises inform the dramaturgy of contemporary playwrights.

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J. Chris Westgate is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton, USA.

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"J. Chris Westgate's important new book explores a rich critical intersection between dramatic writing and the representation of modern urban life. Setting a deft reading of a range of North American drama of the 1980s and 1990s into the context of contemporary urbanism, Westgate inventively elaborates a series of rich dialectics, not only between the representation of New York and Los Angeles, but between writing and place, initiation and transgression, the scene onstage and the scenic pressure of emerging forms of urban life. Westgate frames an imaginative dialogue between the signal plays of the period - Tony Kushner and José Rivera, Richard Greenberg and Sally Clark, Sam Shepard and Eduardo Machado, Djanet Sears and Anna Deavere Smith, David Henry Hwang and Cherríe Moraga - searchingly illuminating the plays and the crises of identity, home, and justice they engage." - W. B. Worthen, Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University"This book ranges across disciplinary boundaries and invites scholars to rethink the role of space and the city in contemporary theatre. An engaging new work." - Heather Nathans, Professor and Associate Director of Theatre, University of Maryland


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Rhetoric of Sociospatial Drama

    Westgate, J. Chris

    Pages 1-15

  • “Against the Law in this City”: Public Space in New York City

    Westgate, J. Chris

    Pages 19-57

  • “City, Bad Place”: Architecture and Disorientation in New York City

    Westgate, J. Chris

    Pages 59-89

  • “Livin’ in a Paradise”: Suburbanism in Los Angeles

    Westgate, J. Chris

    Pages 93-124

  • “Does it Explode?”: Ghettoization and Rioting in New York City and Los Angeles

    Westgate, J. Chris

    Pages 125-157

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Drama
Book Subtitle
The Metropolis in Contemporary North American Plays
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11958-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230119581
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11453-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29601-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 239
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