Six Degrees of Separation Analysis

John Guare

Historical Context

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

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

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

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

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....

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Topics for Further Study

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

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?

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

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