American drama : the bastard art


American drama : the bastard art

Susan Harris Smith

(Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama)

Cambridge University Press, 1997

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-231) and index



In this book, Susan Harris Smith looks at the many often conflicting cultural and academic reasons for the neglect and dismissal of American drama as a legitimate literary form. Covering a wide range of topics such as theatrical performance, the rise of nationalist feeling, the creation of academic disciplines, and the development of sociology, Smith's study is a contentious and revisionist historical inquiry into the troubled cultural and canonical status of American drama, both as a literary genre and as a mirror of American society.


  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction: the problem of American drama
  • 2. Generic hegemony: the exclusion of American drama
  • 3. No corner in her own house: what is American about American drama?
  • 4. Did she jump or was she pushed? American drama in the university curriculum
  • 5. Caught in the close embrace: sociology and realism
  • 6. Conclusion: beyond hegemony and canonicity
  • References
  • Index.

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