The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights

This quantity addresses the paintings of ladies playwrights during the heritage of the yankee theatre, from the early pioneers to modern feminists. every one bankruptcy introduces the reader to the paintings of 1 or extra playwrights and to a fashion of considering performs. jointly they hide major writers equivalent to Rachel Crothers, Susan Glaspell, Lillian Hellman, Sophie Treadwell, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Megan Terry, Ntozake Shange, Adrienne Kennedy, Wendy Wasserstein, Marsha Norman, Beth Henley and Maria Irene Fornes. Playwrights are mentioned within the context of issues equivalent to early comedy and melodrama, feminism and realism, the Harlem Renaissance, the feminist resurgence of the Nineteen Seventies and feminist dramatic idea. an in depth chronology and illustrations improve the amount, which additionally contains bibliographical essays on contemporary feedback and on African-American girls playwrights ahead of 1930.

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