Get the Guests: Psychoanalysis, Modern American Drama, and the Audience

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 286 pages
Through a detailed reading of five great modern American plays--The Iceman Cometh, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?--Walter A. Davis calls for a more penetrating look at drama and its psychological impact on the audience. Establishing connections between literary criticism and psychoanalysis, he challenges ruling assumptions of both disciplines. Unconventional and original, his theory demonstrates how the theater, as a potential threat to social order, expresses the secrets and discontents of its audience.

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Walter A. (Mac) Davis is professor of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Inwardness and Existence: Subjectivity in/and Hegel, Heidegger, Marx, and Freud, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press and of Act of Interpretation. Long an actor in regional theaters, he recently completed his first full-length play, The Holocaust Memorial: A Play About Hiroshima.

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