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The Dawning of American Drama American Dramatic Criticism, 1746-1915 by Jurgen C. Wolter

The Dawning of American Drama American Dramatic Criticism, 1746-1915

Part of the Contributions in Drama & Theatre Studies Series


The Dawning of American Drama American Dramatic Criticism, 1746-1915 by Jurgen C. Wolter

This book seeks to bring to life the prolonged dawning of American drama, to outline America's continued quest for a national drama and theatre, and to provide a survey of the development of dramatic criticism in the United States. For more than a century, dramatists and critics alike were in search of a distinct American drama. Wolter reconstructs this search through the contemporary writing that reflected the attitudes and values of the period and attempted to define the future of the country's theatre. After a historical survey of theatrical criticism in America, Wolter provides a comprehensive anthology of representative texts on the state of America theatre prior to 1915. This is followed by a bibliography of more than 500 articles from over 150 years of American theatrical criticism. Augmented by an index of names and key terms referred to in the texts, the volume is an essential guide for scholars of American theatre and cultural history.


.,. The systematic and exhaustive approach of this work is both awe-inspiring and mind-boggling... It is valuable both for the source material is makes accessible and for the future research it may serve to stimulate. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty; professionals. -Choice

About the Author

JURGEN C. WOLTER is a Professor at Bergische Universitat, Gesamthochschule Wuppertal. He has published extensively on American theatre in books and journals.

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Publication date

16th September 1993


Jurgen C. Wolter

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Greenwood Press an imprint of ABC-CLIO


328 pages


Theatre studies



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