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American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

Revision as Resistance in Twentieth-Century American Drama

Authors: Malburne-Wade, M.

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American dramas consciously rewrite the past as a means of determined criticism and intentional resistance. While modern criticism often sees the act of revision as derivative, Malburne-Wade uses Victor Turner's concept of the social drama and the concept of the liminal to argue for a more complicated view of revision.

About the authors

Meredith M. Malburne-Wade is Associate Director of National and International Fellowships at Elon University, USA.

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"In Revision as Resistance in Twentieth-Century American Drama, Malburne-Wade extends Harold Bloom's notions of 'anxiety' and 'misreading' in relation to intertextuality. But she also steps away from the Bloomian psychology to lay bare the moral dimensions of the 'bleed' and 'discomfort' involved in consciously revisiting and revising earlier texts, historical or literary. In reading six plays together - three each by white American and African American writers - Malburne-Wade deftly situates American drama in the mid-twentieth century as a persistent reminder of the repetitive nature of history, particularly when, as a whole, we fail to learn from our errors or to advance our democracy in responding to modern issues such as slavery and racism, McCarthyism, and colonialism." - Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor, English, Ohio University, USA

"Malburne-Wade's book unpacks layers of historical and literary renderings of the past to reveal the significance of political statements being made in each author's present as well as our own. By explicating the ways in which writers like Arthur Miller, William Carlos Williams, and Lorraine Hansberry make particular and situated sociopolitical critiques in their art, and, just as importantly, by showing the ways in which these critiques can be deeply a part of the human condition - a past that is not past - without falling into the sort of false universalism that levels difference, Malburne-Wade helps to show a way forward for students of political theatre." - Ashley Lucas, Associate Professor, Theatre and Drama, University of Michigan, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Malburne-Wade, Meredith M.

    Pages 1-23

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  • Confession and Crime, Confession as Crime: Williams’s Tituba’s Children and Miller’s The Crucible

    Malburne-Wade, Meredith M.

    Pages 25-56

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  • Confrontation and Challenge: Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie as a Response to the Murder of Emmett Till

    Malburne-Wade, Meredith M.

    Pages 57-88

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  • Condemnation as Redress: Melville’s Benito Cereno, Wright’s Man, God Ain’t Like That …, and Lowell’s Benito Cereno

    Malburne-Wade, Meredith M.

    Pages 89-133

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  • Celebration of Family as a Means of Difference and Hope: Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Odets’s Awake and Sing!

    Malburne-Wade, Meredith M.

    Pages 135-166

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Revision as Resistance in Twentieth-Century American Drama
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44161-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137441614
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46922-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 208
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