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Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

Stage Designers in Early Twentieth-Century America

Artists, Activists, Cultural Critics

Authors: Essin, E.

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About this book

By casting designers as authors, cultural critics, activists, entrepreneurs, and global cartographers, Essin tells a story about scenic images on the page, stage, and beyond that helped American audiences see the everyday landscapes and exotic destinations from a modern perspective.

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Christin Essin is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre History at Vanderbilt University, USA.

Reviews

"The originality of this lucid study by Essin is how she places that aesthetic movement in a broader cultural context . . . Essin's research is thorough, her writing is engaging, and her insights are rewarding. Summing Up: Recommended. For all academic, general, and professional/practitioner audiences." - CHOICE


"Stage Designers in Early Twentieth Century America offers a bounty of new insights into the lives and artistry of the scenic designers who conceptualized, practiced, and promulgated the New Stagecraft. Christin Essin approaches their innovative work in the best possible way: within broader developments of material culture across the first half of the twentieth century. Discoursing with histories of the labor movement, mass production, consumerism, and imperialism, Essin elucidates the social complexities of this vital development in American theatre history." - James Peck, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre, Muhlenberg College, USA, and editor, Theatre Topics

"Christin Essin offers a new and valuable perspective on evolution of the designer's role in the modern American theatre. Adventurously conceived and meticulously researched, Essin's study draws on a wide range of archival sources to provide a much-needed historicization of the New Stagecraft movement. By emphasizing the dual status of designers as both artists and working professionals, the book prompts fresh consideration of legendary figures such as Robert Edmond Jones and Jo Mielziner while recognizing the contributions of lesser-known artists such as Aline Bernstein and Howard Bay. It should be required reading in any survey of American theatre history."- Henry Bial, Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and American Studies, University of Kansas, USA

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Design as Cultural History

    Essin, Christin

    Pages 1-15

  • The Designer as Author

    Essin, Christin

    Pages 17-49

  • The Designer as Cultural Critic

    Essin, Christin

    Pages 51-91

  • The Designer as Activist

    Essin, Christin

    Pages 93-130

  • The Designer as Entrepreneur

    Essin, Christin

    Pages 131-165

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stage Designers in Early Twentieth-Century America
Book Subtitle
Artists, Activists, Cultural Critics
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-10839-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137108395
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11507-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-49664-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29639-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 264
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