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date: 19 November 2019

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This essay examines developments and changes in the familiar narrative structures of American drama during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The playwrights under discussion—Will Eno, Annie Baker, Wallace Shawn, David Greenspan, and Tarell Alvin McCraney—slow down and track the action of telling, disrupting narratives only to forcefully (and surprisingly) reaffirm their faith in linearity. In the process, they discover more flexible and more capacious definitions of story.

Keywords: American drama, narrative structure, storytelling, linear narratives, Will Eno, Annie Baker, Wallace Shawn, David Greenspan, Tarell Alvin McCraney

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