Six Degrees of Separation Analysis

John Guare

Historical Context

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The Reagan Years
Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States throughout most of the 1980s, from 1981 to 1989....

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Literary Style

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The play's primary symbol is the Kandinsky painting that hangs in the Kittredges' living room. It is the...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Andreach, Robert, "On the Eve of the Millennium," in Creating the Self in the Contemporary American...

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Cohn, Ruby. New American Dramatists: 1960-1990. 2d ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.

Curry, Jane. John Guare: A Research and Production Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.

DiGaetani, John L. A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Gillian, Jennifer. “Staging a Staged Crisis in Masculinity: Race and Masculinity in Six Degrees of Separation.” In New Readings in American Drama: Something’s Happening Here, edited by Norma Jenckes. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.

Martin, Nicholas. “Chaos and Other Muses.” American Theatre 16 (April, 1999): 26-29, 51-52.

Plunka, Gene A. The Black Comedy of John Guare. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2002.

Plunka, Gene A. “John Guare and the Popular Culture Hype of Celebrity.” In A Companion to Twentieth Century Drama, edited by David Krasner and Molly Smith. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2005.

Rose, Lloyd. “John Guare.” In The Playwright’s Art: Conversations with Contemporary American Dramatists, edited by Jackson R. Bryer. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1995.

Slethaug, Gordon E. “Chaotics and Many Degrees of Freedom in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation.” American Drama 11 (Winter, 2002): 73-93.

Zimmerman, David A. “Six Degrees of Distinction: Connection, Contagion, and the Aesthetics of Anything.” Arizona Quarterly 55 (Autumn, 1999): 107-133.

Topics for Further Study

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Many critics have remarked on the satiric elements in Six Degrees of Separation. Remember that satire is the use of ridicule, humor,...

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Media Adaptations

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Stockard Channing as Ouisa Kittredge Published by Gale Cengage

Guare wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Six Degrees of Separation, directed by Fred Shepisis. The film starred Stockard...

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What Do I Read Next?

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Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, his most well-known work before Six Degrees of Separation,...

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