Ch 11: American Drama: Examples & Analysis

About This Chapter

Welcome to the world of American drama! This chapter will introduce you to some of America's most influential dramatists and their works. From Arthur Miller to Eugene O'Neill, you will examine great authors and their works for the American stage.

American Drama: Examples & Analysis - Chapter Summary

This American Drama chapter is a survey of dramatists and their works throughout American history. Learn about the writers, their lives and their style as your explore the likes of Tennessee Willams and Arthur Miller. Use your dramatic analytical skills to examine some of the famous plays in American literature. Our esteemed instructors will introduce you to:

  • Tennessee Williams - the man and his works
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Arthur Miller
  • The Crucible
  • The life and works of Eugene O'Neill

There is no better way to meet the authors and interpret famous American dramas than our engaging video lessons taught by some of the best instructors available. View entire lessons or use the video tags to review segments, and the lesson transcripts are a great written review of terminology and key ideas. Once you have completed your study, the optional quizzes and chapter exam provide great feedback on your understanding of the material.

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: American Drama: Examples & Analysis
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Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

1. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'

A Streetcar Named Desire: Summary and Analysis

2. A Streetcar Named Desire: Summary and Analysis

Learn about the controversial play 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' why it was so controversial, and why it is still considered a classic piece of American literature.

The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

3. The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

Tennessee Williams' first big hit, 'The Glass Menagerie,' known as the memory play, fascinated audiences for its presentation of one man's vision of his past. This lesson will go into the basic plot of this story, as well as explore the major symbols and elements of style in the play.

Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

4. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.

Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Summary and Quotes

5. Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Summary and Quotes

What's Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible' all about? Witches! Communists! Allegories! It's the Red Scare of the McCarthy era as told through the metaphor of the Salem witch trials of colonial America.

Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

6. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.

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