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The Drama Is Coming NowThe Theater Criticism of Richard Gilman, 1961-1991$
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Richard Gilman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100464

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100464.001.0001

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Essays and Articles

Essays and Articles

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(p.1) Part One Essays and Articles (p.2)
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The Drama Is Coming Now
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Richard Gilman

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100464.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the spirit of an age, which is known to reveal itself in everything that the age conspires to say about its engagements with itself. We have spoken about ourselves, which really means that we have spoken to ourselves, more characteristically, more obliquely, more problematically, in painting and sculpture than in the other arts. The dialogue here is driven by a greater underground fury, frustration in apparent freedom; here can be found the aggressive jest and the sense of exhausted yet tenacious conventions still to be overcome. The novel and the film are only occasionally used for their proper purposes, and when they are, they approach the graphic arts and become our autobiography.

Keywords:   spirit of an age, painting, sculpture, underground fury, frustration, freedom, graphic arts, autobiography

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