Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century

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August 2003



Arguing that theatrical censorship coincides with significant challenges to religious, political and cultural traditions, John Houchin explores its impact on twentieth-century American theatre. Along with the well-known example of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, other almost equally influential events affected the course of the American stage during the century. After a summary of censorship in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, Houchin analyzes key political and theatrical events between 1900 and 2000.


Introduction; 1. Overture: theatrical censorship from the puritans to Anthony Comstock; 2. Bad girls, tough guys and the changing of the guard; 3. Flappers and fanatics; 4. Have you now or have you ever ...; 5. Bye, bye American pie; 6. The past is prologue.


John Houchin is Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Critical Response to Eugene O'Neill (1993). His work has also been published in The Drama Review, The New England Theatre Journal, The Journal of American Theatre and Drama, Theatre History Studies and the Eugene O'Neill Review.


'... scholars interested in controversial American theatrical productions in the twentieth century will find the book to be a very good starting point.' Journal of American Studies
EAN: 9780521818193
ISBN: 0521818192
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in American'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2003
Seitenanzahl: 344 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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