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Author Lipscomb, Valerie Barnes, author
Title Performing age in modern drama / by Valerie Barnes Lipscomb
Imprint New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
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Descript 1 online resource (ix, 202 pages) : digital ; 23 cm
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Note Introduction -- 1. Classics of Modern Drama -- 2. Contemporary Memory Plays -- 3. Contemporary Memory Plays II -- 4. The Continuum of Age -- 5. The Fullness of Self -- Bibliography
This book is the first to examine age across the modern and contemporary dramatic canon, from Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams to Paula Vogel and Doug Wright. All ages across the life course are interpreted as performance and performative both on page and on stage, including professional productions and senior-theatre groups. Act your age. This common admonition provides the springboard for this study, which rests on the premise that age is performative in nature, and that issues of age and performance crystallize in the theatre. Dramatic conventions include characters who change ages from one moment to the next, overtly demonstrating on stage the reiterated actions that create a performative illusion of stable age. Moreover, directors regularly cast actors in these plays against their chronological ages. Lipscomb contends that while the plays reflect varying attitudes toward performing age, as a whole they reveal a longing for an ageless self, a desire to present a consistent, unified identity. The works mirror prevailing social perceptions of the aging process as well as the tension between chronological age, physiological age, and cultural constructions of age
Host Item Springer eBooks
Subject Age in the performing arts
Cultural and Media Studies
Performing Arts
Theatre and Performance Studies
Arts
Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
Cultural Studies
Twentieth-Century Literature
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