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- DescriptionCentral Man traces the evolving dialectic of heroism in modern American drama in the light of the epic tension between the white and the black races. The emergence and subsequent waning of the New England Transcendentalist movement in the nineteenth century provides an apt context for a reappraisal of the heroic impulse in the narrative and dramatic forms that developed in the modern age of American enterprise. Drawing on these theoretical assumptions, this book examines the paradoxical genesis of an indigeus, multicultural and self-reliant voice on the American stage, starting from the beginning of the twentieth century, moving across the tumult of two World Wars and then proceeding on to the Vietnam era in the Sixties. In its refreshingly new approach, Central Man t only demystifies the classical and continental tions of heroism in American drama, but also demonstrates the ironic symbiosis of the historically unequal races of a great nation through and beyond the latter's inherent conflicts on the stage. The idea of the 'heroic' thus vindicates a pragmatic and natural discourse of transcendence at the fundamental level of humanity.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Rupendra Guha Majumdar graduated and obtained his Ph.D. from Delhi University. Thanks to the Fulbright Fellowship Program, he held visiting positions at Yale University in 1981 and 1992. He is currently teaching English Literature at Ramjas College (Delhi University). The author has also published four volumes of poetry in English.
- Author(s)Rupendra Guha Majumdar
- PublisherPresses Interuniversitaires Europeennes
- Date of Publication01/06/2003
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleDramaturgies Textes, Cultures et Representations Texts, Cultures and Performances
- Series Part/Volume Number3
- Country of PublicationBelgium
- ImprintPresses Interuniversitaires Europeennes
- Weight530 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
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