Text & Presentation, 2012


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About the Book

Text & Presentation is an annual publication devoted to all aspects of theatre scholarship. It represents a selection of the best research presented at the international and interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference.

About the Author(s)

Graley Herren is a professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati and an executive board member for the Comparative Drama Conference. He has published widely on modern literature, with an emphasis upon the drama of Samuel Beckett and the fiction of Don DeLillo.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Graley Herren
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 226
Bibliographic Info: 6 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7109-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0282-0
Imprint: McFarland
Series: The Comparative Drama Conference Series

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

A Conversation with Paula Vogel 7

Theatre Critics Roundtable Discussion: Journalistic Criticism in Contemporary Culture 23  

Cassandra, Ghostface, and Fate: Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Horror Film (Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.) 40

In Search of the Inmost Self: Hamlet, Heidegger, and the Thing of the Play (Doug Phillips) 50

The Novel as Drama: Staging Theatrical Aspects of the Narrative in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (Ann M. Shanahan) 61  

Staging the American West: Liminality and Identity in David Belasco’s 1905 Production of The Girl of the Golden West (Annalisa Dias-Mandoly) 78

Rachilde’s Supermale of Letters and the Invention of the Ubu Roi Riot (Sebastian Trainor) 92 

Refusing Election: Ethical Failure in W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood’s The Ascent of F6 (Ryan Sheets) 109

All About Mothers: Sacred Violence in Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba and Tennessee Williams’s Suddenly, Last Summer (José I. Badenes) 125  

Back(lash) Into the Woods: Putting Women Back in Their Place (Peter C. Wood) 136

Empty Stomachs, Empty Wombs, and Empty Graves: Gnosticism and the Search for Serbian Identity in Srbljanovic´’s Barbelo, on Dogs and Children (Melissa Rynn Porterfield) 151

You Can Never Go Home: From Migrant Theatre to World Theatre in the Plays of Wajdi Mouawad (Ian Andrew MacDonald) 165  

Tea and Slavery: Elizabeth Kuti’s The Sugar Wife and the Question of Race in Celtic Tiger Ireland (Maria Doyle) 180

Broadway “Her”stories: A Review Essay (Tim Carter) 189

Four Paths Forward in Shaw Studies: A Review Essay (Norma Jenckes) 196

Review of Literature: Selected Books

Erin B. Mee and Helene P. Foley, eds. Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (John Given) 201 

Downing Cless. Ecology and Environment in European Drama (Jan L. Hagens) 203    

M. Cody Poulton. A Beggar’s Art: Scripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900–1930 (Siyuan Liu) 205  

Maria M. Delgado and Dan Rebellato, eds. Contemporary European Theatre Directors (Lisa Portes) 207

Kim Solga. Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance:  Invisible Acts (Lesley Kordecki and Karla Koskinen) 210 

Jenny Spencer, ed. Political and Protest Theatre After 9/11: Patriotic Dissent (Jody McAuliffe) 212  

Index 21

Book Reviews & Awards

“edited with care…preserves the conference experience by extending its scholarly dialogue to the wider reading community…many fine essays”—New England Theatre Journal (on a past volume).