Date of Award

Spring 1991

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Grange, William

Second Advisor

Olson, Gregory

Third Advisor

Krajec, Debra

Abstract

Over the past twenty years David Mamet has proven himself to be one of the most prolific and articulate voices in the American Theatre. The quality and quanity of his artistic output as a playwright, screenwriter and essayist is unequaled in the contemporary theatre. Although a great deal has been written about his dramatic works, very little examination of his numerous essays has been done. It is through these essays that one is best able to reflect upon Mamet's world view and it is my hope, through gaining a more thorough understanding of this view, that new light will be shed on the dramatic pieces that he produces. After a biographical sketch of Mamet in Chapter One, I intend to examine the essays found in Writing In Restraurants and Some Freaks (hereafter abbreviated as WIR and SF) with the goal of exploring Mamet's world view.

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