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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire/Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

ISBN 9780230228689
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

This guide charts the development in the criticism surrounding two of Williams' most popular plays, from the 1940s/50s through to the present day. Adler's overview of the critical responses proceeds in a generally chronological fashion and demonstrates how the emergence of newer theoretical methodologies has broadened the range of these responses.

THOMAS P. ADLER is Emeritus Professor of English at Purdue University, USA.

Introduction
Producing Performance Texts
Mythic Patterns; Southern, Classical and Christian
Political, Social and Cultural Contexts
Williams and Literary Canonicity
Style and Genre
Feminist Perspectives
Queer Theory as Lens
Contemporary Critical Theory and A Streetcar Named Desire
Film and Television Adaptations
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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