Arthur Miller: Realism, Language, Poetry

Christopher Bigsby

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Arthur Miller: Realism, Language, Poetry

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on works of American author Arthur Miller given at the British Academy's 2009 Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture in American Literature. This text attempts to explore Miller's supposed realism, his language, and his thirst for the poetic. It explains that though Miller may be one of the most distinguished playwrights America has produced, he is also one of the most criticised. His early canonical work was often treated with condescension or political disdain and he was dismissed by a number of influential American critics as prosaic, a simple realist.

Keywords: Arthur Miller; realism; poetic; playwrights; canonical work; simple realist

Chapter.  53 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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