Tennessee Williams: A Casebook

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/2/2001
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Tennessee Williams's plays are performed around the world, and are staples of American repertory. His portrayals of women have challenged feminist critics, and as America's leading gay playwright from the postwar period through the growth of gay liberation, he represents an important and controversial figure for queer theorists. This comprehensive collection reflects the current critical debates regarding Williams, with essays by eminent scholars covering all aspects of Williams's work, including his complex relationship with American realism. Includes chapters on all of Williams's plays, an substantial introduction, a chronology, and bibliography.

Author Biography

Rober F. Gross is Director of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Notep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
We All Have to Paint Our Nudes: The Iconography of Sexual Longing in Spring Stormp. 5
"Stop! I'm a Family Man! I've Got a Daughter! A Little--Girrrrl!" Prefiguring the Patriarch in Not About Nightingalesp. 13
"That Quiet Little Play": Bourgeois Tragedy, Female Impersonation, and a Portrait of the Artist in The Glass Menageriep. 33
Two Transient Plays: A Streetcar Named Desire and Camino Realp. 51
On The Rose Tattoop. 63
The Politics of Sexual Ambiguity in Sweet Bird of Youthp. 79
Tracing Lines of Flight in Summer and Smoke and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymorep. 91
The Hungry Women of Tennessee Williams's Fictionp. 107
"Le Jeu Supreme": Some Mallarmean Echoes in Tennessee Williams's Out Cryp. 121
Memories and Muses: Vieux Carre and Something Cloudy, Something Clearp. 139
Collapsing Resurrection Mythologies: Theatricalist Discourses of Fire and Ash in Clothes for a Summer Hotelp. 153
"Nothing Unspoken": The Notebook of Trigorin and The Seagullp. 173
Selected Bibliographyp. 193
Contributorsp. 205
Indexp. 209
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