Dramatizing Women, Their Choices and Their Boundaries
About the Book
Although Wasserstein calls herself a humanist, her works reflect a political rhetoric, if cloaked in humor, that she herself could not imagine to be anything but feminist. Shaped by literal, cultural, and materialistic feminist theory, Wasserstein illustrates the impact of the women’s movement on the lives of her female characters. The five major works, with their near-sequel effect, let us see her characters’ college years, mid-twenties, mid-thirties and middle age.
Through the use of a newly devised critical context called fem-en(act)ment, or textual or performance drama that is guided by feminist disposition thematically and stylistically, the author here allows for a fresh reading of the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2005 
Table of Contents
1. Wendy Wasserstein: Feminism, Feminist Drama, and Fem-en(act)ment 1
2. Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women 21
3. Having It All: A Woman Is (Not) Her Mother 40
4. “All in This Together”: Idealism, Sisterhood, and Other Dilemmas 56
5. Of Life and Men 81
6. What Price Glory? 100
7. Fem-en(act)ment Revisited 127
Appendix: New York City and Television Production History of the Major Plays of Wendy Wasserstein 139
Bibliography of Works by Wasserstein 143
Bibliography of Critical Works and Reviews 149
Bibliography of General Works 157
Book Reviews & Awards
“a detailed picture…full index and extensive bibliographies. Recommended”—Choice.