By Barbara Ozieblo, Maria Dolores Narbona-Carrion, Marc Maufort
The theatre has consistently been the location of visionary hopes for a reformed nationwide destiny and an area for propagating rules, either cultural and political. The essays during this quantity handle the recommendations of 'Americanness' and the perceptions of the 'alien' - as handled within the paintings of Anna Cora Mowatt to Nilo Cruz.
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In fact, expressionism became a key signifier for the new art theater in part because it could and did refer to almost any form of theatrical experimentation (Wainscott 91-93). Its externalization of psychic process made it an auspicious theatrical mode in what was, after all, the age of Freud. And its use of abstraction, distortion, and fragmentation – of character, language, plot, and setting – provided an ideal set of conventions for an art theater anxious to embrace modernism and distinguish itself clearly from mass-cultural forms.
Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors, and the American Dramatic Text by Barbara Ozieblo, Maria Dolores Narbona-Carrion, Marc Maufort