Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010

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  • Author(s): Fisher, James
  • Series:
    Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts
  • Publication Information:
    Lanham, Md : Scarecrow Press. 2011
  • Additional Information
    • Resource Type:
      eBook.
    • Description:
      From legends like Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller to successful present-day playwrights like Neil LaBute, Tony Kushner, and David Mamet, some of the most important names in the history of theater are from the past 80 years. Contemporary American theater has produced some of the most memorable, beloved, and important plays in history, including Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Barefoot in the Park, Our Town, The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Odd Couple.Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater presents the plays and personages, movements and institutions, and cultural developments of the American stage from 1930 to 2010, a period of vast and almost continuous change. It covers the ever-changing history of the American theater with emphasis on major movements, persons, plays, and events. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 1,500 cross-referenced dictionary entries. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the history of American theater.
    • Subjects:
      American drama--21st century--Dictionaries
      American drama--20th century--Dictionaries
      Theater--United States--History--20th century--Dictionaries
      Theater--United States--History--21st century--Dictionaries
    • Categories:
      PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
      PERFORMING ARTS / Reference
      REFERENCE / Dictionaries
    • Related ISBNs:
      9780810855328. 9780810879508.
    • OCLC:
      741366103
    • Accession Number:
      366457
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      FISHER, J. Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2011. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 13 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Fisher J. Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press; 2011. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e870sww&AN=366457&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas. Accessed November 13, 2019.
    • APA:
      Fisher, J. (2011). Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press. Retrieved from http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e870sww&AN=366457&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Fisher, James. 2011. Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010. Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e870sww&AN=366457&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas.
    • Harvard:
      Fisher, J. (2011) Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts). Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e870sww&AN=366457&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas (Accessed: 13 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Fisher, J 2011, Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010, Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Md, viewed 13 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Fisher, James. Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010. Scarecrow Press, 2011. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e870sww&AN=366457&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Fisher, James. Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010. Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2011. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e870sww&AN=366457&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Fisher J. Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater : 1930-2010 [Internet]. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press; 2011 [cited 2019 Nov 13]. (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts). Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e870sww&AN=366457&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2011 October #2

Part of the publisher's Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts, these volumes complement Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism (2007). This particular set is focused on live American stage, not delving into musicals, television, and film. The dictionary provides information about the who, what, why, when, and how of American theater during the period 1930–2010. The author has more than 30 years of teaching theater and leading a theater department in higher education and has written two plays in addition to numerous articles, papers, and more. The dictionary is organized into three major sections: introductory information (acronyms and abbreviations and a chronology as well as an overview broken down by historical events or decades), the dictionary entries, and a bibliography. Entries are arranged alphabetically and include boldface words cross-referencing other entries in the dictionary. Ranging in length from a few paragraphs to several pages, the entries are written in a manner that does not assume a lot of prior knowledge about American theater. Major plays, playwrights, performers, theater companies and producing organizations, movements, and themes are among the topics that are covered. In the categorized bibliography, a table of contents assists the researcher in finding sources. Recommended for academic and public libraries. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2011 September #2

Fisher (theater, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro) here presents a broad survey of plays, playwrights, institutions, and cultural changes that have had an impact on the remarkable 80-year theatrical history covered in these two volumes. As usual with such texts, decisions had to be made as to what to include and, just as important, what to exclude. The "Reader's Note" that opens Volume I discusses the guidelines used to make such decisions. Of great value to students and general readers is the 20-page chronology, highlighting theatrical events and historical contexts. It is followed by an informative and readable 17-page introduction. Since this is a dictionary, not an encyclopedia, entries are relatively short and to the point, ranging from one-third of a page ("Bishop, Andre") to one page ("Chekov on the U.S. Stage"). BOTTOM LINE This set serves as an excellent companion to Fisher and Felicia Hardison Londré's Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism (Scarecrow, 2007). An excellent resource for those needing definitions, clarifications, and a starting point for further research.—Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston

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