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Urban drama : the metropolis in contemporary North American plays / J. Chris Westgate.

By: Westgate, J. Chris.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: x, 239 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780230114531 (hbk.) ; 0230114539 (hbk.).Subject(s): American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism | City and town life in literature | Space and time in literature | Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 812.5409 WES Other classification: PER011030 | PER011020 | DRA001000 | SOC026030
Contents:
Introduction: a rhetoric of sociospatial drama -- Part I. Elements of Urbanism: 1. "Against the Law in this City": public space in New York City; 2. "City, Bad Place": architecture and disorientation in New York City -- Part II. Iteratrions of Urbanism: 3. "Livin' in a Paradise": suburbanism in Los Angeles; 4. "Does it Explode?": ghettoization and rioting in New York City and Los Angeles; 5. "Part of the City": enclaves and exiles in Los Angeles.
Summary: "Identifying an apprehension about the nature and constitution of urbanism in North American plays, Urban Drama examines how cities like New York City and Los Angeles became focal points for identity politics and social justice at the end of the twentieth century. In plays as different as Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, and David Henry Hwang's FOB, these concerns became spatialized against the urban environment, suggesting a shift of consciousness toward what critical geography has argued: The social is always spatial. Urban Drama interrogates how this shift informs playwriting in the 1980s and 1990s and inspires new modes of dramatic representation"--
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-233) and index.

Introduction: a rhetoric of sociospatial drama -- Part I. Elements of Urbanism: 1. "Against the Law in this City": public space in New York City; 2. "City, Bad Place": architecture and disorientation in New York City -- Part II. Iteratrions of Urbanism: 3. "Livin' in a Paradise": suburbanism in Los Angeles; 4. "Does it Explode?": ghettoization and rioting in New York City and Los Angeles; 5. "Part of the City": enclaves and exiles in Los Angeles.

"Identifying an apprehension about the nature and constitution of urbanism in North American plays, Urban Drama examines how cities like New York City and Los Angeles became focal points for identity politics and social justice at the end of the twentieth century. In plays as different as Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, and David Henry Hwang's FOB, these concerns became spatialized against the urban environment, suggesting a shift of consciousness toward what critical geography has argued: The social is always spatial. Urban Drama interrogates how this shift informs playwriting in the 1980s and 1990s and inspires new modes of dramatic representation"--

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