The Influence of Tennessee Williams: Essays on Fifteen American Playwrights

The Influence of Tennessee Williams: Essays on Fifteen American Playwrights

by Philip C. Kolin (Editor)


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The author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was never shy about drawing on his personal and family drama for stage material. This collection of 15 essays examines how Williams’s confessional style and subject matter in turn influenced a diverse group of American playwrights over the past six decades.
Critical comparisons with William Inge, Edward Albee, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Beth Henley, Christopher Durang, Tony Kushner, and others reveal the complexity of his influence. A special feature of this collection is its emphasis on how Williams was received by African American dramatists, including Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Adrienne Kennedy and Suzan-Lori Parks. The collection ends with an original interview with Edward Albee on why and how Williams influenced him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786434756
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philip C. Kolin is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches drama. He has published more than 40 books and 200 articles.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction: The Panoptic Tennessee Williams

Philip C. Kolin 3

“[Our] Little Company of the Odd and Lonely”: Tennessee Williams’s “Personality” in the Plays of William Inge

Michael Greenwald 15

Neil Simon’s Parodies of Tennessee Williams

Susan Koprince 31

“Inconspicuous Osmosis and the Plasticity of Doing”: The Influence of Tennessee Williams on the Plays of Edward Albee

David A. Crespy 42

“Cracking the Shell of Literalness”: The Itinerary of Paternal Consciousness in Williams’s Tragedy with Notes on Its Influence on Gurney’s Comedy

Arvid F. Sponberg 55

“That gentleman with the painfully sympathetic eyes...”: Re-reading Lorraine Hansberry Through Tennessee Williams

Nancy Cho 68

The Fission of Tennessee Williams’s Plays into Adrienne Kennedy’s

Philip C. Kolin 79

Warriors Against the Kitchen Sink: Tennessee Williams and John Guare

Thomas Mitchell 95

Image, Myth, and Movement in the Plays of Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams

Annette J. Saddik 106

Sons of the South: An Examination of the Interstices in the Works of August Wilson and Tennessee Williams

Sandra G. Shannon 122

Williams, Mamet, and the Artist In Extremis

Brenda Murphy 136

The Symbiosis of Desire and Death: Beth Henley Rewrites Tennessee Williams

Verna A. Foster 148

“Period of Adjustment”: Marriage in Williams and Christopher Durang

John M. Clum 162

“All Truth Is a Scandal”: How Tennessee Williams Shaped Tony Kushner’s Plays

Kirk Woodward 175

Twilight in Tennessee: The Similar Styles of Anna Deavere Smith and Tennessee Williams

Harvey Young 187

Theatre of the Gut: Tennessee Williams and Suzan-Lori Parks

Harry J. Elam, Jr 200

Swimming to Chekhovia: Edward Albee on Tennessee Williams—An Interview

David A. Crespy 216

About the Contributors 221

Index 225

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