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Staging Whiteness
Mary F. Brewer

2005 • 256 pp. 6 x 9"
Theater & Performing Arts

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6770-3

How whiteness is portrayed in contemporary drama and enacted in everyday life.

In Staging Whiteness, Mary Brewer offers close textual readings of plays by American and British 20th century playwrights—both canonical and some that fall outside the mainstream—looking at how whiteness as an identity is created onstage, and how this has changed historically. With clarity and persuasion, Brewer argues that configurations of whiteness are dispersed and reflected through discourses that range from theory to literature and common social language, and that discursive performances of whiteness are a crucial feature of everyday social interactions.

Includes discussions of:
G.B. Shaw’s Captain Brassbound’s Conversion
W. Somerset Maugham’s The Explorer
W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood’s The Ascent of F6
Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape
Langston Hughes’ Mulatto
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Bridget Boland’s The Cockpit
T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party
John Osborne’s The Entertainer
Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge
Edward Albee’s The American Dream
Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman
David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones
Adrienne Kennedy’s A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White
Edward Bond’s Early Morning
John Arden’s and Margarette D’Arcy’s The Island of the Mighty
Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine
Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America
Suzan-Lori Parks’ The America Play
Philip Osment’s This Island’s Mine
Michael Ellis’ Chameleon
David Hare’s The Absence of War

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Staging Whiteness is a work of great ambition and reach, providing at once an apt introduction to the critical study of whiteness and an arresting application of such study to Anglo-American “theorists and theater makers” over the last century and more.” —David Roediger, Babcock Professor of History and African American Studies, University of Illinois

"This is a thoughtfully and carefully written piece of scholarship. At the same time, what distinguishes this work is its readability. Brewer avoids theory-speak without diluting her points and translates theory into language readers can understand."Kate Davy, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley College

MARY BREWER is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Performance Studies at De Montfort University in the U.K. She is the author of Race, Sex and Gender in Contemporary Women’s Theatre (1999) and the editor of Exclusions in Feminist Thought (2002).

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:52:32 -0500