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Staging Masculinity: Male Identity in Contemporary American Drama Carla J. McDonough

Staging Masculinity: Male Identity in Contemporary American Drama

Carla J. McDonough

Published December 1st 1996
ISBN : 9780786402687
Hardcover
186 pages
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 About the Book 

The men in plays such as Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman or Sam Shepards True West are often presented as universal, with little attention given to their gender. Instead, their stories are viewed by author and critic as encompassing dynamicsMoreThe men in plays such as Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman or Sam Shepards True West are often presented as universal, with little attention given to their gender. Instead, their stories are viewed by author and critic as encompassing dynamics relevant to humanity rather than specifically to men. This study explores how masculinity is presented in the works of such leading male playwrights as Shepard, Miller, Eugene ONeill, David Mamet, David Rabe, and August Wilson. It becomes apparent that male playwrights return often to the issues of troubled manhood, usually masked in other issues such as business or family. The plays indicate both the attractiveness of traditional masculinity and the illusive nature of this image, which all too often fractures and fails the characters who pursue it.