© 1991

Versions of Heroism in Modern American Drama

Redefinitions by Miller, Williams, O’Neill and Anderson

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Julie Adam
    Pages 1-11
  3. Julie Adam
    Pages 12-39
  4. Julie Adam
    Pages 40-64
  5. Julie Adam
    Pages 65-87
  6. Julie Adam
    Pages 88-120
  7. Julie Adam
    Pages 121-151
  8. Julie Adam
    Pages 152-158
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 159-178

About this book


Taking as its starting-point the 'death of tragedy' debate, and focusing on the supposed disappearance from the stage of the individual tragic hero, the book views selected plays and writings on the theatre by Miller, Williams, Maxwell Anderson and O'Neill as exemplifying four versions of heroism: idealism, martyrdom, self-reflection and survival. Julie Adam shows that these diverse playwrights share a desire to redefine tragic heroism in individualistic liberal terms.


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