Staging Modern American Life: Popular Culture In The Experimental Theatre Of Millay, Cummings, And Dos Passos by T. FahyStaging Modern American Life: Popular Culture In The Experimental Theatre Of Millay, Cummings, And Dos Passos by T. Fahy

Staging Modern American Life: Popular Culture In The Experimental Theatre Of Millay, Cummings, And…

byT. Fahy

Hardcover | October 5, 2011

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The theatrical works of Millay, Cummings, and Dos Passos, which have largely been marginalized in discussions of theater history and literary scholarship, offer a hybrid theater that integrates the popular with the formal, the mainstream with the experimental. Fahy examines the integration of and challenges to popular culture found in their works and offers new readings with an eye to American cultural studies and the impact of mass entertainment on modern life.
Thomas Fahy is a Professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program at Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus. He is the author of Freak Shows and the Modern American Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) as well as three novels. He is also the editor of several collections, including The Philosophy of Horror, Consi...
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Title:Staging Modern American Life: Popular Culture In The Experimental Theatre Of Millay, Cummings, And…Format:HardcoverDimensions:196 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:October 5, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

“I cannot live without a macaroon!”: Food, Hunger, and the Dangers of Modern American Culture in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Aria da Capo and Other Plays * “Damn everything but the circus!”: The Ambiguous Place of Popular Culture in E. E. Cummings’ Him * Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Technology and the Suburban Nightmare in the Plays of John Dos Passos

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“An intelligent, extremely well written study, Fahy's text expands our knowledge of the subject. He enables us to understand better the non-realistic (expressionist, maybe even post-modern) theater in America as well as to understand the writers themselves.” --Townsend Ludington, author of John Dos Passos: A Twentieth-Century Odyssey and The Fourteenth Chronicle: Letters and Diaries of John Dos Passos “As Fahy points out, these plays and playwrights have been ‘marginalized’ by readers and scholars alike. Nevertheless, Fahy proves how relevant these works are; all of these artists challenged contemporary perceptions of class, race, and sexuality. Fahy’s insights are extremely perceptive, and he is not only influenced by famous critics, such as Bahktin, Cohn, Foucault, Pizer, and Nicoll, but also by major new authorities such as Bay-Cheng, Kasson, Ludington, and Wagner-Martin. A fine contribution to literary scholarship.” --Kimball King, Professor Emeritus of English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill