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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines the role of technology in American drama in the postwar period. It divides technology as a theme into three categories: technology and capital, the Cold War, and the technological subject. Representative dramas include David Mamet’s The Water Engine, Arthur Kopit’s The End of the World, and Don DeLillo’s Valparaiso. Newer media technologies, it also argues, have prompted a redefinition of the drama itself. The prominent example is the “texts” of John Jesurun.

Keywords: technology, American drama, David Mamet, The Water Engine, Arthur Kopit, The End of the World, Don DeLillo, Valparaiso, John Jesurun

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