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The Politics of Reputation researches the critical reception of Tennessee Williams's work to challenge the conventional wisdom that the later plays (1961 to 1983) represent a failure of his creative powers. This book demonstrates that what has
been characterized as a failure is in fact a conscious departure from the essentially realistic forms that had established
Williams's reputation. This reassessment of Williams's career offers a direct and thorough exploration of the much-neglected later plays and concludes that Williams deserves a central place in American experimental drama.
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Annette J. Saddik is Professor of English and Theatre at the City University of New York (CUNY), where she teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center and New York City College of Technology. She is the author of Contemporary American Drama (2007) and The Politics of Reputation: The Critical Reception of Tennessee Williams' Later Plays (1999), the first exploration of Williams' post-1961 reputation. She is also the editor of Tennessee Williams: The Traveling Companion and Other Plays (2008) and has published essays on various playwrights in journals such as Modern Drama, The Drama Review (TDR), and South Atlantic Review, as well as in numerous critical anthologies and encyclopedias. She serves on the editorial boards of Theatre Topics, the Tennessee Williams Annual Review, and the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, and recently received the 2015 McAndless Distinguished Professor Award to serve as scholar-in-residence at Eastern Michigan University.
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