Oleanna | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Stevan Ryan

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Oleanna.
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Critical Essay by Stevan Ryan

SOURCE: Ryan, Stevan. “Oleanna: David Mamet's Power Play.” Modern Drama 39, no. 3 (fall 1996): 392-403.

In the following essay, Ryan examines Mamet's intended messages about power relations, especially those found in academic settings as portrayed in Oleanna.

Although playwright David Mamet has stated that he began working on Oleanna before Anita Hill's testimony against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas made sexual harassment in the workplace a topic of conversation in the early 1990s, there is no doubt that the play's timeliness was used to boost ticket sales. The play's promotional mailout, for example, announced that ticket buyers could “be among the first to take a seat—and take a side—at Oleanna.” Even Playbill's cover helped polarize responses by featuring, for the first...

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