1st Edition

Beth Henley A Casebook

Edited By Julia A. Fesmire Copyright 2002
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    Beth Henley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for her first full-length play, Crimes of the Heart , yet there has been no book-length consideration of her body of work until now. This volume includes original essays that contextualize and analyze her works from a variety of perspectives, focusing on her vexed status as a southern writer, her use of the comic grotesque, and her alleged feminist critiques of modern society. Receiving special attention are lesser-known plays which are crucial to understanding Henley's development as a playwright and postmodern thinker.

    Chapter 1 “Dancing on the Edge of a Cliff”, Miriam M. Chirico; Chapter 2 Lessons from the Past, Larry G. Mapp; Chapter 3 Moving beyond Mississippi, Gary Richards; Chapter 4 The Lucky Spot as Immanent Critique, Rebecca King; Chapter 5 Abundance or Excess?, Karen L. Laughlin; Chapter 6 Existential Despair and the Modern Neurosis, Gene A. Plunka; Chapter 7 Southern Firecrackers and “Real Bad Days”, Linda Rohrer Paige;


    Julia A. Fesmire is Associate Professor of English at Middle Tennessee University. She focuses on contemporary literature and women's studies