The Image Of The Professor In Recent American Drama: 1992-2004

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Salim E.A. Al-Ibia (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Leon Lewis

Abstract: In addition to its extensive appearance as subject matter in American theater, the presentation of professors, students, and scholars has been a recurring image in literature. Literary traditions are rich with examples that show professors and scholars as active characters in different literary genres. My thesis examines how the image of the professor character in recent American drama is an extension of its representation in literary traditions. The appearance of the professor-scholar character and the way it is reproduced is not limited to a specific time period. Rather, it has been portrayed on some standard models throughout literary history. Models of the professor character can be classified under four main categories -- a comic representation, a positive representation, a negative representation, and a fourth category in which the character is mixed between positive and negative representations. My thesis is based primarily on how these categories function in four recent American plays: David Mamet's Oleanna (1992), Peter Sagal's Denial (1995), R.A. Gurney's Human Events (2001), and Jamie Pachino's The Return to Morality (2004).

Additional Information

Al-Ibia, S. (2009). "The Image Of The Professor In Recent American Drama: 1992-2004." Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2009
Drama, American Drama, Professor-Scholar, David Mamet, Peter Sagal, R.A. Gurney, Jamie Pachino, Plays

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