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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Book TitleVersions of Heroism in Modern American Drama
Book SubtitleRedefinitions by Miller, Williams, O’Neill and Anderson
Copyright InformationPalgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited1991