Crimes of the Heart | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Janet V. Haedicke

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Crimes of the Heart.
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Critical Essay by Janet V. Haedicke

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...

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