Crimes of the Heart | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Crimes of the Heart.
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SOURCE: “‘A Population [and Theater] at Risk’: Battered Women in Henley's Crimes of the Heart and Shepard's A Lie of the Mind,” in Modern Drama, Vol. 36, No. 1, March, 1993, pp. 83-95.

In the following essay, Haedicke compares the depiction of domestic violence in Shepard's A Lie of the Mind and Henley's Crimes of the Heart, asserting that Shepard's postmodernist drama “ignites a politics beyond Henley's modernist drama, which can kindle only kitchen fires.”

“The weeping of women who are wives—what is more bitter?”1

Oft-castigated for its preponderance of family drama, American theater seems unprotestingly to cede stature to British theater, which has moved from “kitchen-sink” realism to presumably more universal and political plays. Yet the charge of triviality levelled against American “diaper drama”2 in the theater dissipates in the face of the domestic drama currently being played on the cultural stage: statistics indicate that “An American resident is...

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