The first scholarly collection to discuss the intersection of feminism and dramatic theory
Making a Spectacle: Feminist Essays on Contemporary Women's Theatre is the first wide-ranging collection of scholarly articles to apply feminist perspectives to the work of women writers for the stage. The book breaks new ground in the field of feminist criticism, by confronting the absence or minimization of women theatre artists, discussing the strategies of women writers who are appropriating the stage to assert their own images, analyzing the politics of theatrical reception and production, and deconstructing the ideology of dramatic representations.
"One of the things that attracted me to theatre is that it's a place where people will listen for as long as it takes. In the theatre they will even listen to a woman -- WITHOUT INTERRUPTING HER. The scholars in Making a Spectacle have listened, looked, and responded on multi-levels to the playwright's work and for this, I give them a whole-hearted embrace. Their work expands and adds to the intellectual life and artistic experience of all of us."