The cover of the book Tennessee Williams in Sweden and France, 1945–1965
The cover of Dirk Gindt's book Tennesse Williams in Sweden and France 1945-1965. (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2019).

The immediate post-war period marks a pivotal moment in the internationalization of American theatre when Tennessee Williams' plays became some of Broadway's most critically acclaimed and financially lucrative exports. Dirk Gindt offers a detailed study of the production and reception of Williams' work on Swedish and French stages at the height of his popularity between 1945 and 1965. Analysing the national openings of seminal plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending and Suddenly Last Summer, Gindt provides rich and nuanced insights into Williams' transnational impact. In the process, he charts a network of fascinating and influential directors, actors, designers, producers and critics, all of whom left distinctive marks on mid-twentieth-century European theatre and culture. Gindt further demonstrates how Williams' work foregrounded cultural apprehensions, racial fantasies and sexual anxieties, which resulted in heated debates in the critical and popular media.

More information at the Bloomsbury Methuen Drama's website.

Dirk Gindt, Associate Professor in Theatre Studies

About the author

Dirk Gindt holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Stockholm University (2007) and is an Associate Professor and teacher at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. His research attends to post-war and contemporary queer theatre and performance from an international and intercultural perspective.