Understanding Maria Irene Fornes' Theatre

By Mala Renganathan.

Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

Understanding Maria Irene Fornes’ Theatre is a full-length critical study of Maria Irene Fornes’ plays and her dramaturgy. Maria Irene Fornes, a well-known New York – based Cuban-American dramaturge, is a versatile artist blending in her productions her talent and experience as a playwright, director, drama teacher, painter and costume designer. Despite her colossal contribution to theatre – with nine Off Broadway awards given by the Village Voice, several other prestigious award, forty plays performed worldwide and also several directorial ventures - she occupies a marginalized place in American theatre.

This book on Fornes primarily aims to discuss several rarely researched aspects of Fornes’ theatre. While the book initially started as a research monograph, it has now grown into a book based on the author’s extensive research on Fornes’ theatre, gathering evidences from video-recorded plays, viewed performances, and interviews with her theatre group.

Keywords: Maria Irene Fornes’, Criticism and Interpretation, Feminist Drama, Theatre, Women in Theatre, Dramatic Production

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 2.858MB). Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Mala Renganathan

Associate Professor, Department of English, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India

Dr. Mala Renganathan is Associate Professor in the Department of English, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong (Meghalaya), India. She has done her doctoral work on Maria Irene Fornes, a Cuban-American dramaturge and her M.Phil on Shashi Deshpande’s novels.. She has guided M.Phil research on Indian Dramatists (like Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani) and is supervising ongoing doctoral research on Emily Dickinson, Amitav Ghosh, Mahasweta Devi Girish Karnad, Mahesh Dattani and Shashi Deshpande. Mala Renganathan was a Fulbright Fellow from 1995-96 in the Long Island University's (New York) Theatre and Film Department. She was also a recipient of the ASIA Fellowship for 2000-2001 for her post-doctoral project on Chinese Theatre. Her major publications include several articles on Indian drama and American Women’s drama, particularly her contribution of entries / articles in Routledge’s Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre (ed. Daniel Meyer Dinkgrafe, 2000), Greenwood Press’ South Asian Literature: An Encyclopedia (ed. Jaina C. Sangha, Michigan, 2004) and Pencraft International’s Girish Karnad’s Plays: Performance and Critical Perspectives (ed. Tutun Mukherjee, New Delhi, 2006). Ms. Renganathan has focused mostly on the research on women writers. She is currently working on a post-doctoral project on literatures on terror.


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