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Sam Shepard and the American Theatre

Sam Shepard and the American Theatre


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About the Book

No dramatist in the recent history of the American theatre has gained more celebrity than Sam Shepard. Exploring a career that includes fifty stage and screen plays, four books of nondramatic writings, and over a dozen appearances in feature films, this work traces Shepard's rise from an Off-Off-Broadway renegade to a Hollywood leading man, and explores his evolution from counterculture to cultural icon. The study situates Shepard's career within the shifting production modes and economic contexts of the American entertainment industry, and views his popularity against the identity politics of postwar American culture. Through an analysis of his life, plays and screen roles, this book investigates how Shepard's dramatic voice and film persona address issues of American consensus and community. The study argues that Shepard's popularity--in an era of cultural diversification and dissent--owes much to nationalism and nostalgia and begs important questions concerning American myths, media representations, and the construction of an American audience.


About the Author:

LESLIE A. WADE is Associate Professor of Theatre at Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Wade has presented his work at national and international conferences and has published essays on American theatre and popular culture. Also a playwright, Wade has had several of his plays produced and has won awards from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Los Angeles Arts Council, and the American College Theatre Festival.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275945848
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 208
  • Series Title: Contributions in Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Weight: 304 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275945847
  • Publisher Date: 30 Aug 1997
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 15 mm
  • Width: 153 mm


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