American Theater Watch, 1979-1980

Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

The Competitors

Limits, Myths, and Morals

on Promethean Ethics: Living with Death, Competition, and Triage by Garrett Hardin

on The Right Promethean Fire: Imagination, Science, and Cultural Change by Ihab Hassan

on Desperate Characters by Paula Fox, Irving Howe; & The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

A Centered Voice: Susan Sontag’s Short Fiction (on I, Etcetera by Susan Sontag)

Poets, Projects, and Personalities (on Enlarging the Temple: New Directions in American Poetry during the 1960s by Charles Altieri; The Fierce Embrace: A Study of Contemporary American Poetry by Charles Molesworth; & Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets by Helen Vendler)

On Women and Art (on The Obstacle Race by Germaine Greer; & Feminist Collage by Judy Loeb)