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dc.contributor.advisorBlack, Cheryl, 1954-eng
dc.contributor.authorGeary, Fonzie Delbert, IIeng
dc.date.issued2011eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on October 18, 2012).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Cheryl Blackeng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Theatreeng
dc.description"May 2011"eng
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines three plays by Maxwell Anderson from 1927 to 1937. As Anderson was most noted for aesthetic experiments with verse drama, this study attempts to re-evaluate Anderson's contribution to American theatre by focusing on social issues in prose plays. The purpose centers on the plays' critiques of American ideology and cultural institutions. Ideologies and institutions included are marriage, gender roles, capitalism, government, and sexual mores. The research connects Anderson to a distinctly American brand of philosophy from Jeffersonian agrarianism to American Transcendentalism to the frontierism of Frederick Jackson Turner. The plays offer a range of critiques, at times defending and at other times subverting the status quo. Their lack of clear solutions to social problems represents an extension of the evolution of American ideals, setting both the plays and the playwright apart in an age when many in the intellectual class were seeking out alternatives to Americanism.eng
dc.format.extentiii, 179 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc872560850eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/15771
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/15771eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations.eng
dc.subjectsocial critiqueeng
dc.subjecttranscendentalismeng
dc.subjectprose playseng
dc.titleSocial critiques in three prose plays by Maxwell Anderson: Saturday's children, Both your houses, and The star-wagoneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatre (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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