Designing the Centennial

Designing the Centennial

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Mention southern drama at a cocktail party or in an American literature survey, and you may hear cries for qStella!q or laments for qgentleman callers.q Yet southern drama depends on much more than a menagerie of highly strung spinsters and steel magnolias. Charles Watson explores this field from its eighteenth- and nineteenth-century roots through the southern Literary Renaissance and Tennessee Williams's triumphs to the plays of Horton Foote, winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. Such well known modern figures as Lillian Hellman and DuBose Heyward earn fresh looks, as does Tennessee Williams's changing depiction of the South -- from sensitive analysis to outraged indictment -- in response to the Civil Rights Movement. Watson links the work of the early Charleston dramatists and of Espy Williams, first modern dramatist of the South, to later twentieth-century drama. Strong heroines in plays of the Confederacy foreshadow the spunk of Tennessee Williams's Amanda Wingfield. Claiming that Beth Henley matches the satirical brilliance of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor, Watson connects her zany humor to 1840s New Orleans farces.With this work, Watson has at last answered the call for a single-volume, comprehensive history of the South's dramatic literature. With fascinating detail and seasoned perception, he reveals the rich heritage of southern drama.A History of the 1876 International Exhibition in Philadelphia Bruno Giberti ... In looking for a subject closer to home, I settled on the United States Centennial Exhibition, held in 1876 in Philadelphia, as a ... the organizers of worlda#39;s fairs and their kindred institutions, like the bazaar, the museum, and the department store.

Title:Designing the Centennial
Author:Bruno Giberti
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2015-02-05


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