David Mamet and male friendship : buddy plays and buddy films

"Throughout most of history, deep male bonds anchored a man's life. Why, then, are male friendships so impoverished in America today? Mamet's plays and films dramatize the conflicts, contradictions, and covert affection between men. No other American playwright has explored the war zo...

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Main Author: Holmberg, Arthur (Author)
Language:English
Edition:First edition.
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Summary:"Throughout most of history, deep male bonds anchored a man's life. Why, then, are male friendships so impoverished in America today? Mamet's plays and films dramatize the conflicts, contradictions, and covert affection between men. No other American playwright has explored the war zone we call male friendship with as sharp a scalpel as Mamet's. His work shows both the necessity of and the difficulty in male friendships. Using insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the history of sexuality, Holmberg explores the ambiguity that drives male bonding. Personal interviews with Mamet and with the actors who have interpreted his major roles shed new light on how and why men bond with each other and complement - in an unexpected and unique way - Holmberg's close analysis of Mamet's texts."--Publishers website
Physical Description:xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-253) and index.
Published: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
ISBN:9781137305183 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1137305185 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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505 0 |a Buddy plays and buddy films: Speed-the-plow -- Buddy cops: Homicide -- Honor among thieves? American buffalo -- The cycle of friendship: A life in the theater -- Comrades in competition: Glengarry Glen Ross -- Friends without benefits: Sexual perversity in Chicago -- Is it legal? Romance -- The dialog of life: The duck variations -- Climbing Plato's ladder: Edmond. 
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