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The Cambridge history of American theatre [electronic resource] /
edited by Don B. Wilmeth, Christopher Bigsby.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998-2000.
description
3 v. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0521472040 (hc)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998-2000.
isbn
0521472040 (hc)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
v. 1. Beginnings to 1870 -- v. 2. 1870-1945 -- v. 3. Post-World War II to the 1990s.
catalogue key
7854546
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1998-09-01:
Volume 1 of Cambridge's projected three-part history reconstructs the beginnings of US theatrical heritage in a narrative style sadly lacking in previous histories of American theater. Editors Wilmeth (Brown Univ.) and Bigsby (Univ. of East Anglia, UK) and other top scholars weave a tapestry of performance art and cultural history against a background of changing social and political history in well-written chapters that include "Theatre in Context," "Management," "Plays and Playwrights," "Actors," "Scenography," and "Popular Entertainment." Throughout the book, contributors explore the theme of how the theater played a central role in defining US national character. The volume treats the long-overlooked contributions of women playwrights--e.g., Mercy Otis Warren and Susanna Haswell Rowsom--and racial attitudes the theater reflected. Further highlights include a first-rate time line and an excellent bibliography. An addition to a literature that already includes The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre, ed. by Wilmeth and Tice L. Miller (CH, Jun'93), and Theatre in the United States: A Documentary History: V. 1:1750-1915, Theatre in the Colonies and United States, ed. by Barry B. Witham (CH, Jul'97), Wilmeth and Bigsby's history is the finest written about the American theater in many years and bodes well for the remaining two volumes. A must for all college and university libraries. M. D. Whitlatch Buena Vista University
Reviews
Review Quotes
‘Wilmeth and Bigsby’s history is the finest written about the American theatre in many years. A must for all college and university libraries.’Choice
"What is striking about this history is the new and old historiography that characterizes it. The Cambridge History of American Theatre, Vol.I will find a ready audience at all levels of theatre research." Theatre Journal
'Wilmeth and Bigsby's history is the finest written about the American theatre in many years. A must for all college and university libraries.' Choice
'All three volumes have greatly contributed to a better understanding of the American theatre as a reflection of the changing political, social and cultural face of the United States.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University Journal of Theatre Research International
‘All three volumes have greatly contributed to a better understanding of the American theatre as a reflection of the changing political, social and cultural face of the United States.’Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista UniversityJournal of Theatre Research International
"Editors Wilmeth (Brown Univ.) and Bigsby (Univ. of East Anglia, UK) and other top scholars weave a tapestry of performance art and cultural history against a background of changing social and political history in well-written chapters....Wilmeth and Bigsby's history is the finest written about the American theater in many years....A must for all college and university libraries." Choice
'Nowhere has the American theatre been treated to such a thorough discussion of its culture, plays and players, directors, designers, architects and producers, also encompassing the development and transformation of the theatre within the country's changing social and political climate.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University
‘Nowhere has the American theatre been treated to such a thorough discussion of its culture, plays and players, directors, designers, architects and producers, also encompassing the development and transformation of the theatre within the country’s changing social and political climate.’Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University
"The book's form and content make it both accessible and challenging to scholars from the advanced undergraduate through the postgraduate levels. It sets a new standard for comprehensive histories of American theater." Kim Marra, The Journal of American History
'The essays give the reader not only the flavour of the times but also a growing sense of national identity that the theatre began to reflect.' Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista University Journal of Theatre Research International
‘The essays give the reader not only the flavour of the times but also a growing sense of national identity that the theatre began to reflect.’Michael Whitlatch, Buena Vista UniversityJournal of Theatre Research International
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Summaries
Main Description
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.
Description for Bookstore
This unique three-volume history covers all aspects of American theatre from plays and playwrights, through actors and acting, to theatre groups and directors. Each volume includes an extensive overview and timeline followed by chapters on specific aspects of American theatre.
Main Description
The first multi-volume history of the American theater to have been published, The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theater in all its dimensions. It recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance, and addresses the economic context that conditions the drama presented. Volume One brings together the work of ten major authorities on American theater and drama. Like each of the three volumes, Volume One includes an extensive overview and timeline followed by chapters on specific aspects of American theater up to c. 1870.
Description for Library
The first multi-volume history of the American theatre to have been published, The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions from theatre buildings to playwriting, directors, and designers. Volume One brings together the work of ten major authorities on American theatre and drama and includes an extensive overview and timeline followed by chapters on specific aspects of American theatre up to c. 1870.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions from theatre buildings to playwriting, directors and designers up to c.1870.
Description for Bookstore
The first multi-volume history of the American theatre to have been published, The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions. It recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance, and addresses the economic context that conditions the drama presented. Volume One brings together the work of ten major authorities on American theatre and drama. Like each of the three volumes, volume one includes an extensive overview and timeline followed by chapters on specific aspects of American theatre up to c. 1870.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Timeline: beginnings to 1870 compiled
American theatre in context from the beginning to 1870
Structure and management in the American theatre from the beginning to 1870
The plays and playwrights: plays and playwrights to 1800
Plays and playwrights: 1800-1865
The actors: European actors and the star system in the American theatre, 1752-1870
The emergence of the American actor
Scenography, stagecraft, and architecture in the American theatre, beginnings to 1870
Paratheatricals and popular stage entertainment
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