Thornton Wilder

New Perspectives
Thornton Wilder
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The essays in Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives constitute a comprehensive critical reassessment at a time of renewed interest in the writer. Wilder is best known for Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, both winners of a Pulitzer Prize, making Wilder still the only writer to be so honored for both drama and fiction. His other fiction, in particular, is far less familiar to a wider readership. The authors of these essays aim to contextualize Wilder’s work historically and to show that Wilder’s handling of questions of religion, American identity, gender, and ethics should vault him into the ranks of major American novelists. Specifically, this anthology includes groundbreaking work on the application of queer theory to Our Town; on Wilder’s screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock film Shadow of a Doubt; and on Wilder’s adaptations of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem, and his own The Long Christmas Dinner.

Statement of Responsibility: edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Lincoln Konkle ; afterword by Will Eno
Conference: International Thornton Wilder Conference
Title: Thornton Wilder
new perspectives
Characteristics: xxi, 488 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "All but one of these essays began as papers presented at the 2008 International Wilder Conference and have since been expanded and revised better to support their claims"--Page xv
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Contents: Introduction / Jackson R. Bryer and Lincoln Konkle
Thornton Niven Wilder: a chronology
Thornton Wilder for the twenty-first century / Tappan Wilder
The novels
Part of the alphabet : Wilder as novelist / J.D. McClatchy
Ellerslie revisited : Wilder, Wilson, and Proust / Christopher Benfey
Historical religious crises in Wilder's early novels / Christopher Wheatley
Vis comica-on-the-lake : the Chicago roots of Thornton Wilder's concept of comedy / Arvid F. Sponberg
Omniscience and the fixer in Wilder's novels / Scott Donaldson
Thornton Wilder's Midwest : Heaven's my destination and The eighth day / Nancy Bunge
Major plays
The outsider : contextualizing Simon Stimson in Our town / Kenneth Elliott
Wearing down "the edge of boldness" : Wilder's evolving values and stagecraft in The three published versions and prompt script of Our town / Park Bucker
No time like the present : Wilder's plays and Buddhist thought and time / Anne Fletcher
To the American clock by The skin of our teeth : Arthur Miller's debt to Thornton Wilder / Susan C W. Abbotson
Wilder and Ibsen : the three texts of A doll's house / David Hammond
Lady Bountiful's farcical turn through Middleton, Farquhar, Wilder, and Ludwig / Anne F. Widmayer
"The great mill-wheel" of time : Thornton Wilder and Paul Hindemith's collaboration on The long Christmas dinner opera / Janie Caves McCauley
Lesser-known works
Hitchcock and Wilder : writing and rewriting Shadow of a doubt / Max Alvarez
The Alcestiad : Thornton Wilder and the "incommensurability of things human and divine" / Mary C. English
"Carving some cherry stones" : disparities in The angel that troubled the waters and other plays / Edyta Oczkowicz
The view from abroad
The early critical reception of Thornton Wilder in Italy / Dianna Pickens
The Japanese reception of Our town in 1941 : pre-modernism and Thornton Wilder / Hachiya Mizutani
"It's been the dream of my life to see Paris" : the pleasures and challenges of translating Our town into French / Julie Vatain
Theophilus North and the traditions of ancient Chinese allegory / Hansong Dan
Afterword: man in a chair / Will Eno
Subject Headings: Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 Criticism and interpretation Congresses
Additional Contributors: Eno, Will 1965-
Konkle, Lincoln
Bryer, Jackson R.
LCCN: 2012051396
ISBN: 0810129213
Branch Call Number: 812 Wilder T
Research Call Number: JFE 14-1412
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Max Alvarez, who contributed the essay "Hitchcock & Wilder: Writing and Re-Writing Shadow of a Doubt" to this collection, will speak on Monday, December 16.

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