Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives

by Konkle/Bryer

Northwestern University Press | August 1, 2013 | Hardcover

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The essays in Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives constitute a comprehensive critical reassessment at a time of renewed interest in the writer. Wilder is best known for Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, both winners of a Pulitzer Prize, making Wilder still the only writer to be so honored for both drama and fiction. His other fiction, in particular, is far less familiar to a wider readership. The authors of these essays aim to contextualize Wilder's work historically and to show that Wilder's handling of questions of religion, American identity, gender, and ethics should vault him into the ranks of major American novelists. Specifically, this anthology includes groundbreaking work on the application of queer theory to Our Town; on Wilder's screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock film Shadow of a Doubt; and on Wilder's adaptations of Ibsen's A Doll's House, Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem, and his own The Long Christmas Dinner.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 3.64 × 2.41 × 0.39 in

Published: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0810129213

ISBN - 13: 9780810129214

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Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives

by Konkle/Bryer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 3.64 × 2.41 × 0.39 in

Published: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0810129213

ISBN - 13: 9780810129214

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The essays in Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives constitute a comprehensive critical reassessment at a time of renewed interest in the writer. Wilder is best known for Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, both winners of a Pulitzer Prize, making Wilder still the only writer to be so honored for both drama and fiction. His other fiction, in particular, is far less familiar to a wider readership. The authors of these essays aim to contextualize Wilder's work historically and to show that Wilder's handling of questions of religion, American identity, gender, and ethics should vault him into the ranks of major American novelists. Specifically, this anthology includes groundbreaking work on the application of queer theory to Our Town; on Wilder's screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock film Shadow of a Doubt; and on Wilder's adaptations of Ibsen's A Doll's House, Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem, and his own The Long Christmas Dinner.

About the Author

Jackson R. Bryer is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland.



 



Lincoln Konkle is a professor of English at the College of New Jersey.

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