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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Philip Middleton
dc.descriptionThis paper was presented at the 39th Annual William Inge Theater Festival & Conference hosted by the William Inge Center for the Arts in April 2022.en_US
dc.description.abstractOne of the most pervasive characters in the works of William Inge is the role of the mother. She is a strong presence in two of his major works; Picnic and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, is the central character in his roman a clef novel My Son is a Splendid Driver, and appears in several his short works, most notably in The Boy in the Basement. The apron strings were an unbreakable bond in his life, and they are an unmistakable presence on stage in his plays.

This paper will offer an introduction to an examination of Inge’s portrayal of the mother figure, not only as an actual person but as a foundation for other characters in his works, including Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba, and Grace in Bus Stop. In comparison to other playwrights of his time who also brought the family on stage, William Inge’s portrayal of the mother, motherhood, and the impact on the lives of their family is a key element in understanding his place in 20th century American theatre.
dc.publisherWilliam Inge Center for the Artsen_US
dc.titleMaternal Instinct: The Portrayal of Mothers in the Works of William Ingeen_US

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    The Inge Digital collection contains scholarly conference papers presented at the annual William Inge Theatre Festival, held at Independence Community College, in Independence, KS. The Independence Community College library is the curator of the William Inge Collection, home of over 400 manuscripts by William Inge donated primarily by Inge and his family, as well as press clippings, memorabilia and books.

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