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No American playwright is more revered on the international stage than Arthur Miller. In Arthur Miller's Global Theater —a fascinating collection of new essays by leading international critics and scholars—readers learn how and why audiences around the world have responded to the work of the late theatrical icon. With perspectives from diverse corners of the globe, from Israel to Japan to South Africa, this groundbreaking volume explores the challenges of translating one of the most American of American playwrights and details how disparate nations have adapted meaning in Miller's most celebrated dramas.
An original and engaging collection that will appeal to theater aficionados, scholars, students, and all those interested in Miller and his remarkable oeuvre, Arthur Miller's Global Theater illustrates how dramas such as Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge developed a vigorous dialogue with new audiences when they crossed linguistic and national borders. In these times when problems of censorship, repressive regimes, and international discord are increasingly in the news, Arthur Miller's voice has never been more necessary as it continues to be heard and celebrated around the world.
"A highly innovative study that not only celebrates Miller's dramas for their global reach but also analyzes how their meanings have changed in diverse cultural settings."
—Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University
Jacket illustration: Death of a Salesman, Beijing People's Art Theater, 1983 © Inge Morath/Magnum Photos
"Arthur Miller's Global Theater is a much-needed book which fills a void in Miller scholarship. The collection will be appealing to literary scholars, theatre-goers, students, and academics interested in historical, political, and cultural studies."
—Stephen Marino, St. Francis College
"This valuable collection greatly broadens scholarly consideration of Miller's legacy . . . and will be of great use to scholars and students of both American and comparative drama."
—Katherine Egerton, Berea College, Text & Presentation 2008
"...this is an insightful account of Miller's attitudes towards authority and social power structures, told through his drama."
—The Journal of Theatre Research International
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