Selected Secondary Bibliography


To date, twelve of Treadwell’s plays have been produced. A production history of each up to 1995 may be found in Jerry Dickey's: Sophie Treadwell: a Research and Production Sourcebook (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997).

A selected secondary bibliography of significant sources follows:

Barlow, Judith E. "Introduction." Plays by American Women, the Early Years. New York: Avon Books, 1981: ix-xxxii; rpt. Applause, 1985).

Beal, Suzanne Elaine. "’Mama Teach Me That French’: Mothers and Daughters in Twentieth Century Plays by Women Playwrights." Diss. U Maryland-College Park, 1994.

Bywaters, Barbara L. "Marriage, Madness and Murder in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal." Modern American Drama: the Female Canon. Ed. June Schlueter. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1990: 97-110.

Dickey, Jerry. "The Expressionist Moment: Sophie Treadwell." The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights. Ed. Brenda Murphy. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999: 66-81.

---. "The ‘Real Lives’ of Sophie Treadwell: Expressionism and the Feminist Aesthetic in Machinal and For Saxophone." Speaking the Other Self: American Women Writers. Ed. Jeanne Campbell Reesman. Athens: U Georgia P., 1997: 176-84.

---. "Sophie Visits Russia: Tairov’s Production of Machinal and Treadwell’s Awakenings in the Promised Land." Women & Theatre: Occasional Papers, 4 [U of Birmingham, U.K.] (1997): 1-17.

---. "Sophie Treadwell vs. John Barrymore: Playwrights, Plagiarism and Power in the Broadway Theatre of the 1920s." Theatre History Studies 15 (1995): 67-86.

Fox, Ann M. "Open Houses: Women Playwrights, Media Culture and Broadway Success." Diss. Indiana U, 1997.

Heck-Rabi, Louise. "Sophie Treadwell." Notable Women in the American Theatre: a Biographical Dictionary. Eds. Alice M. Robinson, Vera Mowry Roberts and Milly S. Barranger. New York: Greenwood, 1989: 875-79.

---. "Sophie Treadwell: Agent for Change." Women in American Theatre. Eds. Helen Krich Chinoy and Linda Walsh Jenkins. New York: Crown, 1981: 157-62; rpt. Theatre Communications Group, 1987.

---. "Sophie Treadwell: Subjects and Structures in 20th Century American Drama." Diss. Wayne State U, 1976.

Jandura, Teresa, Kerstin Jones, Carter Cox, Kim Grier. "Women and the Mexican Revolution." <http://www.u.arizona.edu/ic/mcbride/ws200/mex.htm.>

Jones, Jennifer. "In Defense of Woman: Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal." Modern Drama 37 (1994): 485-96.

Parent, Jennifer. "Arthur Hopkins’ Production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal." The Drama Review 26.1 (1982): 87-100.

Shafer, Yvonne. American Women Playwrights: 1900-1950. New York: Peter Lang, 1995, 255-70.

Steed, Tonia. "Sophie Treadwell." American Playwrights, 1880-1945: a Research and Production Sourcebook. Ed. William W. Demastes. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1995, 427-36.

Strand, Ginger. "American Stages: Representation and the News Drama." Diss. Princeton U, 1992: 103-48.

---. "Treadwell’s Neologism: Machinal." Theatre Journal 44 (1992): 163-75.

Wynn, Nancy. "Sophie Treadwell: Author of Machinal." Journal of American Drama and Theatre 3.1 (1991): 29-47.

---. "Sophie Treadwell: the Career of a Twentieth-Century American Feminist Playwright." Diss. City U of New York, 1982.

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