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Christopher Durang : satire and beyond


Christopher Durang : satire and beyond

Spivak, Robert (1991) Christopher Durang : satire and beyond. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Christopher Durang, a contemporary American playwright who has written over sixteen plays so far, including A History of the American Film, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo, writes satiric plays. His objects of satire are mostly institutions of authority, such as the Catholic Church, the family, the educational system, and psychiatry. But many of Durang's plays go beyond satire. In other words, there are moments when satire gives way to dead seriousness and profound sadness. In this thesis I look at eleven of Durang's plays, which I think are the most important plays in terms of my thesis. Also, I pay close attention to the many filmic, literary, and other allusions in Durang's plays, allusions which, along with the balancing of satire and "beyond satire," are a trademark of Durang

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Spivak, Robert
Pagination:iv, 146 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hoffman, S
Identification Number:PS 3554 U666Z64 1991
ID Code:40
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 17:09
Last Modified:04 Aug 2021 15:04
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