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Tennessee Williams in Sweden and France, 1945-1965: Cultural Translations, Sexual Anxieties and Sexual Fantasies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The immediate post-war period marks a pivotal moment in the internationalization of American theatre when Tennessee Williams' plays became some of Broadway's most critically acclaimed and financially lucrative exports. Dirk Gindt offers a detailed study of the production and reception of Williams' work on Swedish and French stages at the height of his popularity between 1945 and 1965. Analysing the national openings of seminal plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending and Suddenly Last Summer, Gindt provides rich and nuanced insights into Williams' transnational impact. In the process, he charts a network of fascinating and influential directors, actors, designers, producers and critics, all of whom left distinctive marks on mid-twentieth-century European theatre and culture. Gindt further demonstrates how Williams' work foregrounded cultural apprehensions, racial fantasies and sexual anxieties, which resulted in heated debates in the critical and popular media.

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London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. , p. 272
Keywords [en]
Tennessee Williams, cultural translation, Swedish theatre history, French theatre history, Ingmar Bergman, Peter Brook, Raymond Rouleau, Karin Kavli, Anders Ek, Jeanne Moreau, Arletty, Silvia Monfort, Naima Wifstrand, Folke Sundquist, Lars Schmidt
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Performing Art Studies
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Theatre Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168033ISBN: 9781350022072 (print)ISBN: 9781350022089 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168033DiVA, id: diva2:1305171
Available from: 2019-04-15 Created: 2019-04-15 Last updated: 2019-04-16Bibliographically approved

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