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Title:
Readings on Our town
Author:
Siebold, Thomas.
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
176 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780737701890

9780737701883
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder is considered a classic portrayal of small-town middle-class life in America. Essays included discuss the theatrical principles Wilder utilized, literary style and criticism as well as dominant themes in this play.


Summary

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder is considered a classic portrayal of small-town middle-class life in America. Essays included discuss the theatrical principles Wilder utilized, literary style and criticism as well as dominant themes in this play.


Table of Contents

Ima Honaker HerronM.C. KunerDonald HabermanThomas E. PorterArthur H. BalletGeorge D. StephensJan AustellMalcolm GoldsteinBarnard HewittBernard F. DukoreJohn Mason BrownHelmut PapajewskiThornton WilderDavid CastronovoWinfield Townley ScottJohn V. Hagopian and Arvin R. WellsIma Honaker HerronM.C. KunerDonald HabermanThomas E. PorterArthur H. BalletGeorge D. StephensJan AustellMalcolm GoldsteinBarnard HewittBernard F. DukoreJohn Mason BrownHelmut PapajewskiThornton WilderDavid CastronovoWinfield Townley ScottJohn V. Hagopian and Arvin R. Wells
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Thornton Wilder: A Study in Contrastsp. 13
Plot and Charactersp. 37
Chapter 1 The Format and Theatrical Principles of Our Town
1. Wilder's Experimental Approach to Theaterp. 48
2. Wilder's Dramatic Principlesp. 55
3. Our Town as Allegoryp. 60
4. Our Town as an American Mythp. 66
5. Our Town as a Classical Tragedyp. 74
6. Our Town as a Failed Tragedyp. 83
Chapter 2 Themes and Characterization in Our Town
1. Characters in Our Townp. 94
2. Universality in Our Townp. 101
3. Wilder's Affirmation of Lifep. 109
4. Everyday Existence in Our Townp. 116
5. Wilder's Search for Essentialsp. 122
6. Time in Our Townp. 128
Chapter 3 Style and Criticism
1. The Concept of Truth in Our Townp. 135
2. Our Town as Folk Artp. 141
3. The Charm of Our Townp. 148
4. Deficiencies in Our Townp. 155
Chronologyp. 164
For Further Researchp. 169
Indexp. 172
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Thornton Wilder: A Study in Contrastsp. 13
Plot and Charactersp. 37
Chapter 1 The Format and Theatrical Principles of Our Town
1. Wilder's Experimental Approach to Theaterp. 48
2. Wilder's Dramatic Principlesp. 55
3. Our Town as Allegoryp. 60
4. Our Town as an American Mythp. 66
5. Our Town as a Classical Tragedyp. 74
6. Our Town as a Failed Tragedyp. 83
Chapter 2 Themes and Characterization in Our Town
1. Characters in Our Townp. 94
2. Universality in Our Townp. 101
3. Wilder's Affirmation of Lifep. 109
4. Everyday Existence in Our Townp. 116
5. Wilder's Search for Essentialsp. 122
6. Time in Our Townp. 128
Chapter 3 Style and Criticism
1. The Concept of Truth in Our Townp. 135
2. Our Town as Folk Artp. 141
3. The Charm of Our Townp. 148
4. Deficiencies in Our Townp. 155
Chronologyp. 164
For Further Researchp. 169
Indexp. 172