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ERIC Number: ED236724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Sourcebook of Interdisciplinary Materials in American Drama: George Aiken, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852). Showcasing American Drama.
Jiji, Vera, Ed.
Prepared as part of a project aimed at redressing the neglect of American drama in college and secondary school programs of drama, American literature, and American studies, this booklet provides primary and secondary source materials to assist teachers and students in the study of George L. Aiken's dramatic adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Materials in the first part of the booklet deal with literary and theatrical considerations and discuss (1) the popular sentiments of the novel and play, (2) Tom as the black maternal Christ, (3) nineteenth century staging of the play, (4) the play as melodrama, (5) the play as drama, and (6) a variant version of the auction scene. Materials in the second section cover cultural, societal, and historical considerations and place the play in an historical perspective; provide a case against it; and offer a view of a similar play, "The Escape or a Leap for Freedom," by William Wells Brown. The third section contains selections from primary source materials, including critical commentary on the validity of the picture of slavery offered in the play and novel. Questions for study are included in the appendixes. (FL)
Multimedia Studies in American Drama, Brooklyn College, Bedford Ave. and Ave. H, Brooklyn, NY 11210 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Coll.