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Act Like a Man

Challenging Masculinities in American Drama

Subjects: Theater and Performance, Literary Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory, Sexuality Studies
Open Access : 9780472904204, 400 pages, 12 B&W photographs, 6 x 9, June 2023
Paperback : 9780472065721, 400 pages, 12 B&W photographs, 6 x 9, March 1995

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Introduction: Gender, Structure, and Dialogue     1
One: The American Masculine Ethos, Male Mythologies, and Absent Women     25
Two: Silence, Violence, and the Drama of Abuse     87
Three: Liberation in Confinement     133
Four: Realizing Freedom: Risk, Responsibility, and Individualization     189
Epilogue: Beyond Power Plays: Men, Sexism, Feminism, and Representation     249
Notes     259
Works Cited     303
Selected Bibliography of Additional Male-Cast Plays and Monodramas     329
Index     351
Illustrations     following page 180


How men communicate with each other on stage when no women are present—and what it tells us about power and gender

Robert Vorlicky is Associate Professor of English and Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College.