American literature american literature the 20th century important movements in drama poetry fiction and criticism took shape in the years before during and after world war i the eventful period that followed the war left its imprint upon books of all kinds literary forms of the period were extraordinarily varied and in drama poetry and fiction the leading authors tended toward . Twentieth century theatre describes a period of great change within the theatrical culture of the 20th century mainly in europe and north americathere was a widespread challenge to long established rules surrounding theatrical representation resulting in the development of many new forms of theatre including modernism expressionism impressionism political theatre and other forms of . In this book professor berkowitz studies the diversity of american drama from the stylistic experimental plays of oneill through verse tragedy and community theatre to the theatre of the 1990s the discussions range through dramatists plays genres and themes with full supporting appendix material. Twentieth century north american drama second edition contains 2050 plays from the united states and canada in addition to providing a comprehensive full text resource for students in the performing arts the collection offers a unique window into the economic historical social and political psyche of two countries. 20th century american drama american drama imitated english and european theater until well into the 20th century often plays from england or translated from european languages dominated theater seasons
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