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Character and Characterization

Abbott, Michael. ‘The curse of  the misbegotten: the wanton son in the plays of Eugene O’Neill and Sam  Shepard.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 18 1994 193-98 [S5]

Adler, Thomas P. ‘“Through a glass darkly”: O’Neill’s aesthetic theory as seen through his writer characters.’ Arizona Quarterly 32 1976 171-83 [S5]

Bari, Rachel. Paradoxical women: Irigary, femininity and Eugene O’Neill. Jaipur: Prateeksha Publs., 2012. 282 pp

Barlow, Judith E. ‘No he-men need apply: a look at O’Neill’s heroes.’ EOR 19 1995 110-21 [S7]

-----. ‘O’Neill’s female characters.’ Pp 164-77 in Manheim [S76]

-----. ‘O’Neill’s many mothers: Mary Tyrone, Josie Hogan, and their antecedents.’ Pp 7-16 in Bagchee [S76]; repr. on pp 283-90 in Houchin

Burr, Suzanne. ‘O’Neill’s ghostly women.’ Pp 37-47 in June Schlueter, ed. Feminist rereadings of modern American drama. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1989 [S83]

Byrd, Robert E. ‘Unseen, unheard, inescapable: unseen characters in the dramaturgy of Eugene O’Neill.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 24 2000 20-27

Cahill, Gloria. ‘Mothers and whores: the process of integration in the plays of Eugene O’Neill.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 16 i 1992 5-23 [S13]

Castro, Ginette. ‘Les femmes dans le théâtre d’O’Neill: essai d’interprétation féministe.’ Annales: Center for Research on English-Speaking America of the University of Bordeaux 1977 131-58

Combs, Robert. ‘Camus, O’Neill, and the dead mother society.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 26 2004 189-98 (the ‘legion’ of dead mothers in O’Neill’s plays)

-----. ‘O’Neill’s (and others’) characters as Others.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 20 1996 119-25 [S16]

Cotsell, Michael. The theater of trauma: American modernist drama and the psychological struggle for the American mind, 1900-1930. NY: Lang, 2005, 132-33: ‘O’Neill and shell shock’; 149-65: ‘“The horror! The horror!” O’Neill, incest and black face’; 205-16: ‘Mimetic and traumatic doubling in O’Neill’; 222-29 on The Hairy Ape and Dynamo; 263-73: ‘O’Neill as a Freudian’

Dony, Françoise. ‘Vices et vertus du personnage O’Neillien.’ Renaissance (NY) 1 1943 589-98

Drucker, Trudy. ‘Sexuality as destiny: the shadow lives of O’Neill’s women.’ Eugene O’Neill Newsletter 6 ii 1982 7-10 [S19]

Dubost, Thierry. Struggle, defeat or rebirth: Eugene O’Neill’s vision of humanity. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997. 279 pp (see especially 5-78: ‘Part I: The family’)

Eisen, Kurt. ‘Eugene O’Neill’s Joseph: a touch of  the dreamer.’ Comparative Drama 23 1989-90 344-58 [S22]

Falk, Doris V. Eugene O’Neill and the tragic tension: an interpretive study of the plays. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1958, 25-60: ‘The searchers’; 61-78: ‘The extremists’; 79-120: ‘The finders’; 121-43: ‘The trapped’

Field, Brad S. ‘Characterization in O’Neill: self-doubt as an aid to art.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 20 1996 126-31 [S23]

Fleisher, Frederic. ‘Swedes in the published plays of O’Neill.’ Orbis Litterarum 12 1957 99-103

Gill, Glenda E. ‘“Interlopers”: African-American actors in non-traditional roles in the works of Eugene O’Neill.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 26 2004 70-86

Halfmann, Ulrich. ‘Zur Symbolik der Personennamen in den Dramen Eugene O’Neills.’ Archiv 206 1970 38-45

Hall, Ann C. “A Kind of Alaska”: women in the plays of O’Neill, Pinter, and Shepard. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1993, 17-53: ‘“What is a man without a good woman’s love?”: O’Neill’s madonnas’ [S98]

Josephs, Lois S. ‘The women of Eugene O’Neill: sex role stereotypes.’ Ball State University Forum 14 iii 1973 3-8 [S36]

Klavsons, Janis. ‘O’Neill’s dreamer: success and failure.’ Modern Drama 3 1960 268-72 [M191]

Köhler, Klaus. Die Antiheld bei Eugene O’Neill und seine Vorformen im europäischen Drama seit Henrik Ibsen. Dresden: Progressmedia, 1998. 149 pp; translated as Eugene O’Neill’s antiheroes and their major precursors from late nineteenth to early twentieth century European drama. Dresden: Progressmedia, 2003. 187 pp (introductory)

-----. ‘The dual self: portraits of  the artist in American drama.’ Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Gesellschafts- und Sprachwissenschaftliche Reihe 33 1984 435-36 (stresses O’Neill)

Liu, Hai-Ping. ‘The invisible: a study of Eugene O’Neill’s offstage characters.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 18 1994 149-61 [S40]

Manheim, Michael. Vital contradictions: characterization in the plays of Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov and O’Neill. Brussels: Lang, 2002, 159-204

Mathur, Charu. Women in the plays of Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams. Jaipur: Rawat, 2002. 186 pp, especially 21-48: ‘Experimenting with conventional morality’ and 49-73: ‘The quest for the ideal’

Mongia, Sunanda. ‘“Marital hell” in the plays of O’Neill.’ Panjab University Research Bulletin (Arts) 20 i 1989 57-63 [S46]

Nelson, Doris. ‘O’Neill’s women.’ Eugene O’Neill Newsletter 6 ii 1982 3-7 [S48]

Ó hAodha, Micheál. ‘O’Neill and the anatomy of  the stage Irishman.’ Eugene O’Neill Newsletter 1 ii 1977 13-14 [S49]

Oliver, Roger W. ‘From  the exotic to the real: the evolution of black characterization in three plays by Eugene O’Neill.’ Forum (Houston) 13 iii 1976 56-61 [S49]

Peterson, William  M. ‘O’Neill’s divided agonists.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 20 1996 110-18 [S50]

Popovich, Helen H., & James R. Keller. ‘Desire and strife: the violent families of Eugene O’Neill.’ Pp 189-98 in Sara M. Deats & T. Lagretta Lenker, eds. The aching hearth: family violence in life and literature. NY: Insight, 1991 [S114]

Porter, Thomas E. ‘The Magna Mater: the maternal goddess in O’Neill’s plays.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 27 2005 41-50

Raleigh, John H. The plays of Eugene O’Neill. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1965, 96-170: ‘Mankind’

Robinson, James A. ‘O’Neill’s grotesque dancers.’ Modern Drama 19 1976 341-49 [S55]

Sarrazac, Jean P. Théâtres intimes: essai. Arles: Actes Sud, 1989, 47-63: ‘Le roman dramatique familial d’Eugene O’Neill’

Scanlan, Tom. Family, drama, and American dreams. Westport, CT: Greenwood Pr., 1978, 83-125: ‘Eugene O’Neill and the drama of family dilemma’ [S120]

Shaughnessy, Edward L. ‘O’Neill’s African and Irish-American stereotypes or “faithful realism.”’ pp 148-63 in Manheim [S121]

Son, Woo Yang. ‘Tragic triumphs in vying for the self: a study of female characters in Eugene O’Neill’s plays.’ Journal of Modern British and American Drama (Seoul) 18 i 2005 89-105

Swortzell, Lowell. ‘“Get my goat”: O’Neill’s attitude toward children and adolescents in his life and art.’ Pp 145-63 in Moorton [S126]

-----. ‘O’Neill and the marionette: über and otherwise.’ Eugene O’Neill Newsletter 11 iii 1987 3-7 [S64]

Törnqvist, Egil. A drama of souls: studies in O’Neill’s super-naturalistic technique. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1969, 110-136: ‘Character appearance’; 218-41: ‘Parallel characters’

Vena, Gary A. ‘The role of  the prostitute in the plays of Eugene O’Neill.’ Drama Critique 10 1967 129-37; 11 1968 9-14, 82-88 [M213]

Waterstradt, Jean A. ‘Three O’Neill women: an emergent pattern.’ Pp 111-19 in Liu [S130] (Nina, Lavinia, and Josie)

Wilkins, Frederick C. ‘O’Neill’s secular saints.’ Eugene O’Neill Review 14 1990 71-78 [S70]

Wynstra, Beth. ‘A rhetorical approach to O'Neill's early wife characters.’ Pp 63-80 in Bloom 3


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