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Dramatic revisions of myths, fairy tales and legends : essays on recent plays

Author: Verna A Foster
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.
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"These new essays explore the ways in which contemporary dramatists have retold or otherwise made use of myths, fairy tales and legends from a variety of cultures. The book contributes to the current discussion of adaptation theory by examining the different ways, and for what purposes, plays revise mythic stories and characters"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Adaptations
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Verna A Foster
ISBN: 9780786465125 0786465123
OCLC Number: 793581422
Description: viii, 250 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Verna A. Foster --
Hellenic women revisited: the aesthetics of mythic revision in the plays of Karen Hartman, Sarah Ruhl and Caridad Svich / Miriam Chirico --
Greek tragedy transformed: A.R. Gurney and Charles Mee rewrite Greek drama / Karelisa Hartigan --
"That story is not true": unmaking myth in Ellen Mclaughlin's Helen and Saviana Stanescu and Richard Schechner's Yokastas / Elizabeth W. Scharffenberger --
Tina Howe and Demetrian seriocomedy / Jeffrey B. Loomis --
Children of Yemay' and the American Eshu: West African myth in African-American theatre / Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr --
"Punctured by patriarchy": theatricalizing the Christian assault upon native mythology in Tomson Highway's Dry lips oughta move to Kapuskasing / Christy Stanlake --
Damaged myth in Caryl Churchill's The skriker / Amelia Howe Kritzer --
Between desire and authority: the "dybbuk" in modernist and postmodern theatrical adaptations from S. Ansky to Tony Kushner / Sharon Friedman --
Martin McDonagh's Fractured fairy tales: representational horrors in The pillowman / Anthony Ellis --
Food, sex and fairy tales: Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a thousand colors / Sheila Rabillard --
Turning Komachi legends, gender and noh inside out: remaking desire in Timberlake Wertenbaker's early play / Maya E. Roth --
Romancing "La corriveau" and Marguerite De Nontron: Anne Hebert's La cage and L'ële de la demoiselle / Gregory J. Reid --
Bloody relations of exchange: Sharon Pollock's revision of legend and feminine myth in blood relations / Laura Snyder --
Beth Henley's abundance: the cinematic myth of the wild west revised / Verna A. Foster.
Responsibility: edited by Verna A. Foster.

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"These new essays explore the ways in which contemporary dramatists have retold or otherwise made use of myths, fairy tales and legends from a variety of cultures. The book contributes to the current discussion of adaptation theory by examining the different ways, and for what purposes, plays revise mythic stories and characters"--Provided by publisher.

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