January 2008

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We’re pleased to announce a prospective Table of Contents for our Cambridge Companion to the Literatures of New York City (edited by Waterman and Patell), due out in late 2009:

Introduction: Cyrus R. K. Patell and Bryan Waterman (New York University)
1. Dutch New York, Before and After Irving: Elizabeth L. Bradley (New York Public Library)
2. From British Outpost to American Metropolis: Robert Lawson-Peebles (Exeter University)
3. The City on Stage: Waterman
4. Melville’s New York: Thomas Augst (New York University)
5. Whitman and the Whitmanian Tradition: Lytle Shaw (New York University)
6. Sunshine and Shadow: Literature of Sensation and Reform: Glenn Hendler (Fordham University)
7. Writing Brooklyn: Martha Nadell (Brooklyn College)
8. New York Novels of Manners: Sarah Wilson (University of Toronto)
9. City of Immigrants: Political and Popular Cultures: Eric Homberger (University of East Anglia)
10. Performing Greenwich Village Bohemianism: Melissa Bradshaw (DePaul University)
11. From the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights: Thulani Davis (New York University)
12. From Poetry to Punk in the East Village: Daniel Kane (University of Sussex)
13. New York’s Cultures of Print: Trysh Travis (University of Florida)
14. Staging Gay and Lesbian New York: Robin Bernstein (Harvard University)
15. Emergent Ethnic Literatures: Patell
Afterword: 9/11 and Beyond: Waterman and Patell

oneill.gifIf you missed the Metropolitan Playhouse’s superb staging of early O’Neill, don’t despair. From the Times, Jan. 1, 2008:

“The O’Neill Festival at Ten,” 10 nights of free readings, screenings and musical events featuring Zoe Caldwell, Charles Durning, Brian Murray, Natasha Richardson, Marian Seldes and KT Sullivan,
will take place at the Provincetown Playhouse on Macdougal Street in
Greenwich Village from Friday through Jan. 13. Presented by the
Playwrights Theater and sponsored by the O’Neill at Yale project of the
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the festival will include
the films “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards; “Ah, Wilderness!”; “The Hairy Ape”; and “Anna Christie,” with Greta Garbo.
Live performances will begin on Jan. 11 with a program titled “O’Neill:
Playwright and His Mother,” featuring excerpts from plays read by Ms.
Caldwell and Ms. Seldes and a post-reading discussion conducted by the
O’Neill scholar Barbara Gelb. The 10th
anniversary presentation of the festival, begun with the intention of
staging all 50 of O’Neill’s plays in order, will conclude with
performances of the 18th and 19th: “In the Zone” and “Ile.” Information
and reservations: eugeneoneill.net.