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Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-Drama
by Shonni Enelow
Northwestern University Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-0-8101-3141-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-3140-8 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3183-5
Library of Congress Classification PN2062.E54 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.028

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Winner of the 2016 George Jean Nathan Award

Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-Drama
provides a new understanding of a crucial chapter in American theater history. Enelow’s consideration of the broader cultural climate of the late 1950s and early 1960s, specifically the debates within psychology and psychoanalysis, the period’s racial and sexual politics, and the rise of mass media, gives us a nuanced, complex picture of Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio and contemporaneous works of drama. Combining cultural analysis, dramaturgical criticism, and performance theory, Enelow shows how Method acting’s contradictions reveal powerful tensions inside mid-century notions of individual and collective identity.


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