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In this groundbreaking study, Bruce McConachie uses the primary metaphor of containment—what happens when we categorize a play, a television show, or anything we view as having an inside, an outside, and a boundary between the two—as the dominant metaphor of cold war theatergoing. Drawing on the cognitive psychology and linguistics of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, he provides unusual access to the ways in which spectators in the cold war years projected themselves into stage figures that gave them pleasure.

McConachie reconstructs these cognitive processes by relying on scripts, set designs, reviews, memoirs, and other evidence. After establishing his theoretical framework, he focuses on three archtypal figures of containment significant in Cold War culture, Empty Boys, Family Circles, and Fragmented Heroes. McConachie uses a range of plays, musicals, and modern dances from the dominant culture of the Cold War to discuss these figures, including The Seven Year Itch, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The King and I,A Raisin in the Sun, Night Journey, and The Crucible. In an epilogue, he discusses the legacy of Cold War theater from 1962 to 1992.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. A Theater of Containment Liberalism
  2. pp. 1-55
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  1. 2. Empty Boys, Queer Others, Consumerism
  2. pp. 56-125
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  1. 3. Family Circles, Racial Others, and Suburbanization
  2. pp. 126-198
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  1. 4. Fragmented Heroes, Female Others, and the Bomb
  2. pp. 199-282
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  1. Epilogue, 1962–1992
  2. pp. 283-299
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 301-333
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-347
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781587294471
MARC Record
OCLC
646887559
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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