TENNESSEE WILLIAMS ANNUAL REVIEW
Founded in 1998 by Robert Bray and now edited by R. Barton Palmer, the Review remains the only regularly published journal devoted exclusively to the work and influence of Tennessee Williams. The journal includes scholarship on Williams’s writings, on the film adaptations of his works, on his contemporaries, and on relevant issues of the era. The Review also routinely publishes brief texts that emerge from the ongoing examination of his literary records (usually draft versions of plays).
The 2017 issue of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review showcases the exciting results of the journal’s newly expanded scope. Breaking fresh ground for the Review is Tiffany Gilbert’s opening essay, a study of Anna Magnani’s acting style and performance of ethnic otherness as collaborative contributions to the film adaptations of The Rose Tattoo and The Fugitive Kind.
The notorious “underwear anecdote” that dogged Williams in late life (and inspired two other playwrights to write about the episode) provides a springboard for John S. Bak’s painstakingly researched biographical essay about Williams’s time in Vancouver. Scouring interviews and letters, published and unpublished, Bak unearths important details about Williams’s late career and uses both the facts and the fictions to shed new light on the playwright’s creative process.
At the issue’s heart is Alicia Andrzejewski’s intriguing study of The Glass Menagerie: her reading of the text’s treatment of queerness, identity, disability, and difference reveals subtle forms of agency and desire, making a much-studied text new again. Rounding out volume 16 is Bess Rowen’s review of a recent staging of the rarely performed Kirche, Küche, Kinder (An Outrage for the Stage).
The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, vol. 16 (2017)
The Historic New Orleans Collection 2017
softcover • 6" x 9" • 112 pp
2 color images; 4 b&w images
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