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Title:
Family, drama, and American dreams
Author:
Scanlan, Tom, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [1978]
Physical Description:
vii, 236 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1240 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780837198279
Format :
Book

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Summary

American drama is chiefly a drama of realistic family plays and its conventions revolve around the antagonistic impulses of security and freedom. Scanlan asserts that America's best plays are plays of family life and that they re-enact dilemmas of personal psychology and family structure.


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Scanlan /f Tom


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 15
1 The American Family: Security or Freedom?p. 17
Notesp. 43
2 The Codification of the Family Dreamp. 49
3 Eugene O'Neill and the Drama of Family Dilemmap. 83
Notesp. 122
4 Reactions I: Family and Society in Arthur Millerp. 126
Notesp. 154
5 Reactions II: Family and Psyche in Tennessee Williamsp. 156
6 The Family World of American Dramap. 180
Notesp. 215
Indexp. 229
About the Authorp. 236