The politics of reputation : the critical reception of Tennessee Williams' later plays /
Annette J. Saddik.
Madison, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1999.
173 p.
0838637728 (alk. paper)
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Madison, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1999.
0838637728 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The Politics of Reputation researches the critical reception of Tennessee Williams's work to challenge the conventional wisdom that the later plays (1961 to 1983) represent a failure of his creative powers. This book demonstrates that what has been characterized as a failure is in fact a conscious departure from the essentially realistic forms that had established Williams's reputation. This reassessment of Williams's career offers a direct and thorough exploration of the much-neglected later plays and concludes that Williams deserves a central place in American experimental drama.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 17
The Rise and Fall of a Reputationp. 21
"I Don't Like to Write Realistically": Williams' Uneasy Relationship with Realismp. 42
The Fusion of Pun and Poetry: A Movement toward "Freer Forms"p. 74
Weak Dramatic Experiments and the Reluctant Return to Realismp. 110
Critical Expectations and Assumptions: Williams' Later Reputation and the American Reception of the Avant-Gardep. 135
Notesp. 151
Select Bibliographyp. 164
Indexp. 169
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