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Author Murphy, Brenda, 1950-

Title Congressional theatre : dramatizing McCarthyism on stage, film, and television / Brenda Murphy
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©1999


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 310 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama ; 11
Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama ; 11.
Contents pt. I. The Committee and the Culture. 1. The Stage Is Set. 2. The Social Drama. 3. Dramatizing Directly. Investigation: Big Jim McLain, Thirty Pieces of Silver, You're Next. Interrogation: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been. Blacklist: "Blacklist," Fear on Trial, The Front, Guilty by Suspicion -- pt. II. Making Analogies. 4. Witch Hunt: The Crucible, The First Salem Witch Trial, The Witchfinders. 5. Inquisition. Joan of Arc, Unfriendly Witness: Saint Joan, The Lark, Joan of Lorraine, Joan of Arc, The Execution of Joan of Arc. Galileo, Cooperative Witness: Galileo, Lamp at Midnight, The Crisis of Galileo, The Recantation of Galileo Galilei. 6. Informers: The Hook, On the Waterfront, A View from the Bridge, After the Fall. 7. Forensics. The Self and Others: Darkness at Noon, Montserrat, Incident at Vichy. The Individual and The State: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, The Andersonville Trial -- Conclusion: Further Fields: High Noon, Panic in the Streets
Summary "Congressional Theatre is the first book to identify and examine the significant body of plays, films, and teleplays that responded to the actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the "Show Business hearings" that it held between 1947 and 1960. Brenda Murphy discusses the dramatization in the works of HUAC's effects on American life and the political, social, and moral issues that its actions raised for American citizens."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-300) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 -- In literature
McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957
American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Communism and motion pictures -- United States -- History
Television plays, American -- History and criticism
Political plays, American -- History and criticism
Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History
Anti-communist movements in literature.
Television and politics -- United States
Politics in motion pictures.
American drama
Anti-communist movements
Anti-communist movements in literature
Communism and motion pictures
Political plays, American
Politics and literature
Politics in motion pictures
Television and politics
Television plays, American
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511007140