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Reading List - Contemporary American Theatre - 2012-13

Required Texts

Marie Irene Fornes, Conduct of Life
Neil Labute, In a Forest, Dark and Deep
Cherrie Moraga, Heroes and Saints
Lynn Nottage, Ruined
Philip Kan Gotanda, Ballad of Yachiyo
Tony Kushner, Angels in America: Part One: Millenium Approaches and Part
Two: Perestroika
Suzan Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog
Sarah Ruhl, Dead Man’s Cell Phone
Sam Shepard, Buried Child
Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive
Naomi Wallace, And I and Silence
August Wilson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Doug Wright, I Am My Own Wife

Copies of each of the plays are available at the Library. We will also have copies available in the department. However, I would recommend buying as many of the plays as possible from Amazon (it is cheaper, especially if you buy them used, than having me order them through the bookstore). Any edition is fine.

SELECTED SECONDARY SOURCES:
Bigsby, Christopher. Contemporary American Playwrights. Cmabridge: Cambridge UP,
2000.
Bigsby, Christopher and Howard Temperley. A New Introduction to American Studies.
Longman, 2005.
Brewer, Mary F. Staging Whiteness. Middletown, CT.: Wesleyan UP, 2005.
Tsui-fen Jiang. The American Dream in African American, Asian American and Hispanic
American Drama: August Wilson, Frank Chin, and Luis Valdez. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2009.
Krasner, David. American Drama: 1945-2000: An Introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell,
2006.
Roudane, Matthew. American Drama Since 1960: A Critical History. NY: Twayne, 1996.
David Savran, A Queer Sort of Materialism: Recontextualizing American Theatre. Ann
Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.
Shank, Theodore. Beyond the Boundaries: American Alternative Theatre. Ann Arbor:
University of Michigan Press, 2002.
Shimakawa, Karen. National Abjection: The Asian American Body Onstage. Durham:
Duke University Press, 2002.
Svich, Caridad and Maria T. Marrero, eds. Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance. NY: Theatre Communications Group, 2000.
Wilmeth, Don B. and Christopher Bigsby. The Cambridge History of American Theatre. 3
vols. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.

There are also many sources on the individual playwrights and/or plays as well and many online reviews and more scholarly sources.
Required Texts

Marie Irene Fornes, Conduct of Life
Neil Labute, In a Forest, Dark and Deep
Cherrie Moraga, Heroes and Saints
Lynn Nottage, Ruined
Philip Kan Gotanda, Ballad of Yachiyo
Tony Kushner, Angels in America: Part One: Millenium Approaches and Part
Two: Perestroika
Suzan Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog
Sarah Ruhl, Dead Man’s Cell Phone
Sam Shepard, Buried Child
Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive
Naomi Wallace, And I and Silence
August Wilson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Doug Wright, I Am My Own Wife

Copies of each of the plays are available at the Library. We will also have copies available in the department. However, I would recommend buying as many of the plays as possible from Amazon (it is cheaper, especially if you buy them used, than having me order them through the bookstore). Any edition is fine.

SELECTED SECONDARY SOURCES:
Bigsby, Christopher. Contemporary American Playwrights. Cmabridge: Cambridge UP,
2000.
Bigsby, Christopher and Howard Temperley. A New Introduction to American Studies.
Longman, 2005.
Brewer, Mary F. Staging Whiteness. Middletown, CT.: Wesleyan UP, 2005.
Tsui-fen Jiang. The American Dream in African American, Asian American and Hispanic
American Drama: August Wilson, Frank Chin, and Luis Valdez. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2009.
Krasner, David. American Drama: 1945-2000: An Introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell,
2006.
Roudane, Matthew. American Drama Since 1960: A Critical History. NY: Twayne, 1996.
David Savran, A Queer Sort of Materialism: Recontextualizing American Theatre. Ann
Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.
Shank, Theodore. Beyond the Boundaries: American Alternative Theatre. Ann Arbor:
University of Michigan Press, 2002.
Shimakawa, Karen. National Abjection: The Asian American Body Onstage. Durham:
Duke University Press, 2002.
Svich, Caridad and Maria T. Marrero, eds. Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance. NY: Theatre Communications Group, 2000.
Wilmeth, Don B. and Christopher Bigsby. The Cambridge History of American Theatre. 3
vols. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.

There are also many sources on the individual playwrights and/or plays as well and many online reviews and more scholarly sources.