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The Cambridge History of American Theatre Volume 1. Beginnings to 1870

Author: Don B Wilmeth; Christopher Bigsby
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Cambridge History of American Theatre
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to play writing, directors, performers, and designers. Engaging the theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and a fact of American social and political life, the History recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance and addresses the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Don B Wilmeth; Christopher Bigsby
ISBN: 9781139054720 1139054724 9780521472043 0521472040
OCLC Number: 828740405
Notes: Title from publishers bibliographic system (viewed on 30 Jan 2013).
Description: 1 online resource (544 pages).
Series Title: Cambridge History of American Theatre
Responsibility: edited by Don B. Wilmeth, Christopher Bigsby.

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The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to play writing, directors, performers, and designers. Engaging the theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and a fact of American social and political life, the History recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance and addresses the economic context that conditions the drama presented. The History approaches its subject with a full awareness of relevant developments in literary criticism, cultural analysis, and performance theory. At the same time, it is designed to be an accessible, challenging narrative. Volume One deals with the colonial inceptions of American theatre through the post-Civil War period: the European antecedents, the New World influences of the French and Spanish colonists, and the development of uniquely American traditions in tandem with the emergence of national identity.

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