Eugene O’Neill and the Reinvention of Theatre Aesthetics

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About the Book

During a conversation with critic Ward Morehouse, Eugene O’Neill stated, “I’m interested in trying to do better things.” His plays are testimony to his continued search for new dramatic strategies. Analyzing a range of O’Neill’s plays, this book explores the Nobel Prize winner’s attempts at creating a new Modern play—particularly through his staging of alienation, depictions of both kissing and fighting, and his unusual use of acoustics. Moving away from melodrama or “the problem play,” he revisited the classical frames of drama and reinvented theater aesthetics by resorting to masks, the chorus, and silence or immobility for the creation of his tragedies.

About the Author(s)

Thierry Dubost is a professor at the University of Caen in France.

Bibliographic Details

Thierry Dubost
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7728-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3568-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Each chapter of Dubost’s book, spanning O’Neill’s entire canon, bursts with unexpected and resonant insights on the playwright’s evolving aesthetic and dramaturgy that reflect the very quality Dubost argues defines O’Neill’s brilliance and stature—innovative.”—Steven F. Bloom, author of The Student Companion to Eugene O’Neill and Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Eugene O’Neill Society; “Dubost analyzes O’Neill’s progression as a playwright from his early one-act plays to A Moon for the Misbegotten in the most comprehensive study since Travis Bogard’s Contour in Time.”— Zander Brietzke, author of The Aesthetics of Failure: Dynamic Structure in the Plays of Eugene O’Neill