The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Cambridge University Press, 5/27/2002
EAN 9780521777667, ISBN10: 0521777666

Paperback, 352 pages, 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed on and off Broadway and in all the major regional American theatres. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and scholarly audience. In this collection of seventeen original essays, American and European authors from different professional and academic backgrounds explore the various aspects of Shepard's career - his plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work. The volume covers the major plays, including Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, and True West, as well as other lesser known but vitally important works. A thorough chronology of Shepard's life and career, together with biographical chapters, a note from the legendary Joseph Chaikin, and an interview with the playwright, give a fascinating first-hand account of an exuberant and experimental personality.

Notes on contributors
Introduction Matthew Roudané
1. Born injured
the theatre of Sam Shepard Christopher Bigsby
2. Shepard and Off-Off Broadway
the unseen hand of Theatre Genesis Stephen J. Bottoms
3. Shepard on Shepard
an interview Matthew Roudané
4. On Sam Shepard Joseph Chaikin
5. Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard in Collaboration Marc Robinson
6. Repetition and regression in Curse of the Starving Class and Buried Child Thomas P. Adler
7. Shepard writes about writing Brenda Murphy
8. Reflections of the past in True West and A Lie of the Mind Leslie Kane
9. Patriarchal pathology from The Holy Ghostly to Silent Tongue Carla J. McDonough
10. The classic Western and Sam Shepard's family sagas John Clum
11. European textures
adapting Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus Johan Callens
12. Sam Shepard and the cinema Kimball King
13. Sam Shepard as musical experimenter David DeRose
14. Sam Shepard's non-dramatic writings Ann C. Hall
15. States of Shock, Simpatico, and Eyes for Consuela
Sam Shepard's plays of the 1990s Leslie Wade
16. Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss Matthew Roudané
17. Sam Shepard
a bibliographic essay and production overview Susan Abbotson

'... Matthew Roudane gathers an impressive array of American drama's A-team scholars ... he is a knowledgeable, sensitive, sensible, and thorough scholar ... Roudane's collection is the best book-length study of Shepard [and] is the best collection of scholarly essays on [American] drama this year.' James J. Martine, Drama