David Mamet and Male Friendship Buddy Plays and Buddy Films

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-04-02
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Throughout most of history, deep male bonds anchored a man's life. Why, then, are male friendships so impoverished in America today? Mamet's plays and films dramatize the conflicts, contradictions, and covert affection between men. No other American playwright has explored the war zone we call male friendship with as sharp a scalpel as Mamet's. His work shows both the necessity of and the difficulty in male friendships. Using insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the history of sexuality, Holmberg explores the ambiguity that drives male bonding. Personal interviews with Mamet and with the actors who have interpreted his major roles shed new light on how and why men bond with each other and complement - in an unexpected and unique way - Holmberg's close analysis of Mamet's texts.

Author Biography

Arthur Holmberg is Professor of Dramatic Literature, Theater History, and Performance Theory at Brandeis University and the Literary Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, USA. His books include The Theatre of Robert Wilson and David Mamet and American Macho. He served as US editor for The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre and also edited The Lively ART: Twenty Years of the American Repertory Theatre. His articles on theater, film, music, and the novel have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Modern Drama, Opera News, and Comparative Literature.

Table of Contents

1. Buddy Plays and Buddy Films: Speed-the-Plow
2. Buddy Cops: Homicide
3. Honor Among Thieves? American Buffalo
4. The Cycle of Friendship: A Life in the Theater
5. How to Sell Real Estate: Glengarry Glen Ross
6. Friends Without Benefits: Sexual Perversity in Chicago
7. Is It Legal? The Male Romance
8. The Dialog of Life: Duck Variations
9. Climbing Plato's Ladder: Edmond

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