1st Edition

Marsha Norman A Casebook

Edited By Linda Ginter-Brown Copyright 1996
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    This collection of ten original (and one reprinted) essays provides an in-depth examination of one of America's foremost contemporary playwrights. Established critics as well as younger scholars examine well-known works such as Getting Out, 'night, Mother, The Laundromat, and the adaptation of The Secret Garden. Lesser known plays such as The Holdup, Sarah and Abraham, Traveler in the Dark, and Loving Daniel Boone are also discussed. This casebook includes an interview with Norman commenting on her work and her place in American theater as well as a review of 'night, Mother by drama critic Robert Brustein. The essays analyze Norman's works in comparison to the works of other playwrights and examine the mother/daughter relationships of the characters as well as Norman's sense of a woman's place within a patriarchal culture.

    The Impossibility of Getting Out: The Psychopolitics of the Family in Getting Out, Gretchen Cline * At the Intersection: Configuring Women's Differences through Narrative in Norman's Third and Oak: The Laundromat, Grace Epstein * Revolving It All: Mother-Daughter Pairs in Marsha Norman's 'night, Mother and Samuel Beckett's Footfalls, John Kundert-Gibbs * A Place at the Table: Hunger as Metaphor in Lillian Hellman's Days to Come and Marsha Norman's 'night, Mother , Linda Ginter Brown * And the Time for it was Gone: Jesse's Triumph in 'night, Mother, Ann Marie Drew * I Don't Know What's Going to Happen in the Morning: Visions of the Past, Present, and Future in The Holdup, Robert Cooperman * The Other Funeral: Narcissism and Symbolic Substitution in Marsha Norman's Traveler in the Dark, Scott Hinson * Marsha Norman's Sarah and Abraham: 'The Moon Is Teaching Bible,' Katherine H. Burkman and Claire R. Fried * 'This Haunted Girl:' Marsha Norman's Adaptation of The Secret Garden, Lisa Tyler * Writing the Other, Marya Bednerik * Don't Read This Review! 'night, Mother by Marsha Norman, Robert Brustein * Update with Marsha Norman, Linda Ginter Brown * Bibliography, Robert Conklin


    Ginter-Brown, Linda