The Contemporary American Monologue: Performance and Politics

The Contemporary American Monologue: Performance and Politics

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Overview

Talk-show confessions, online rants, stand-up routines, inspirational speeches, banal reflections and calls to arms: we live in an age of solo voices demanding to be heard. In The Contemporary American Monologue Eddie Paterson looks at the pioneering work of US artists Spalding Gray, Laurie Anderson, Anna Deavere Smith and Karen Finley, and the development of solo performance in the US as a method of cultural and political critique. Ironic confession, post-punk poetry, investigations of race and violence, and subversive polemic, this book reveals the link between the rise of radical monologue in the late 20th century and history of speechmaking, politics, civil rights, individual freedom and the American Dream in the United States. It shows how US artists are speaking back to the cultural, political and economic forces that shape the world.

Eddie Paterson traces the importance of the monologue in Shakespeare, Brecht, Beckett, Chekov, Pinter, O'Neill and Williams, before offering a comprehensive analysis of several of the most influential and innovative American practitioners of monologue performance.

The Contemporary American Monologue
constitutes the first book-length account of US monologists that links the tradition of oratory and speechmaking in the colony to the appearance of solo performance as a distinctly American phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472585035
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2015
Series: Methuen Drama Engage
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Eddie Paterson is a lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Eddie Paterson is a lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Enoch Brater is the Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature, Professor of English and Theater at the University of Michigan and the series editor of Methuen Drama's Miller scholarly editions. He has written extensively on the work of Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.

Enoch Brater is the Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature, Professor of English and Theater at the University of Michigan. He is series editor of Methuen Drama's Arthur Miller scholarly editions, and with Mark Taylor-Batty of Methuen Drama's Engage series. He has written extensively on the work of Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.
Mark Taylor-Batty is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds, in the UK. He is co-author with Juliette Taylor-Batty, of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and has authored two further books on Harold Pinter's writings.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Foreword by Deborah R. Geis
Introduction
1. Monologue in Western Drama
2. Monologue in American Performance
3. Confessional Monologue
4. Postpunk Monologue
5. Rights Monologue
6. Radical Monologue
7. Future Monologue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Biographical Note

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