Dennis Welland Death Of A Salesman Essay

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Selected Secondary Bibliography of Miller’s Works

Abbotson, Susan C. W.  Critical Companion to Arthur Miller. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
—.  Student Companion to Arthur Miller.  Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 2000.
Adam, Julie.  Versions of Heroism in Modern American Drama: Redefinitions by Miller,, O’Neill, and Anderson.  New York : St. Martin’s, 1991.
Ali, Syed Mashkoor, ed.  Arthur Miller: Twentieth Century Legend.  Jaipur, India: Surabhi, 2006.
Alter, Iska.  “Betrayal and Blessedness: Explorations of Feminine Power in The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, and After the Fall.”  Feminist Rereadings of Modern American Drama.  Ed. June Schlueter.  Rutherford, New Jersey: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989.
Bhatia, Santosh K.  Arthur Miller: Social Drama as Tragedy.  New York: Humanities, 1985.
Bigsby, C. W. E.  “Arthur Miller.”  A Critical Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Drama: Volume Two—Williams/Miller/Albee. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1984:  135-248.
—.  Arthur Miller: A Critical Study.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
—.  Arthur Miller: The Definitive Biography. 2 volumes. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008, 2011.
—,  ed.  The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller.  Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Bloom, Harold, ed.  Arthur Miller. Rev. ed. New York: Chelsea House, 2003.
—, ed. Arthur Miller. New York : Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2007.
Brater, Enoch. Arthur Miller: A Playwright’s Life and Work.  New York: Thames and Hudson, 2005.
—, ed.  Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Time of Change.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005.
—, ed. Arthur Miller’s Global Theater. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.
—.  “Ethnics and Ethnicity in the Plays of Arthur Miller.” From Hester Street to Hollywood.  Ed. Sarah Blacher Cohen. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983:  123-36.
—. ed. A Student Handbook to the Plays of Arthur Miller: All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, Broken Glass. London: Methuen, 2013
Carson, Neil.  Arthur Miller.  2nd. Ed. London: Macmillan, 2008.
Centola, Steven, ed.  The Achievement of Arthur Miller: New Essays. Dallas, Tex: Contemporary Research, 1995.
Corrigan, Robert W., ed.  Arthur Miller: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall, 1969.
Driver, Tom.  “Strength and Weakness in Arthur Miller.” Tulane Drama Review  4 (May 1960):  45-52.
Dukore, Bernard F.  Death of a Salesman and The Crucible: Text and Performance.  Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities, 1989.
Espejo, Ramón, and Juan Ignacio Guijarro, eds. Arthur Miller: Visiones desde el nuevo milenio. Valencia: University of Valencia, 2004. [Spanish and English]
Espejo, Ramón. España y el teatro de Arthur Miller. Alcalá de Henares: Instituto Franklin, 2010. [Spanish]
Fisher, Jim. Miller in an Hour. New York: Smith and Kraus, 2010.
Gordon, Lois.  “Arthur Miller.”  Contemporary American Dramatists.  Ed. K. A. Berney.  London: St. James, 1994:  407-414.
Gottfried, Martin.  Arthur Miller: His Life and Work.  New York: Da Capo, 2003.
Griffin, Alice.  Understanding Arthur Miller.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996.
Hayman, Ronald.  Arthur Miller.  New York: Ungar, 1972.
Hogan, Robert.  Arthur Miller.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1964.
Huftel, Sheila.  Arthur Miller: The Burning Glass.  New York: Citadel, 1965.
Colt, Robert Paul. Robert Ward’s The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2009.
Kumar, Satyendra. The Allegory of Quest: A Study in Arthur Miller’s Plays. New Delhi, India: Kalpaz Publications, 2004.
Marino, Stephen. A Language Study of Arthur Miller’s Plays: The Poetic in the Colloquial.  New York: Mellen, 2002.
—. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman / The Crucible: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism. New York: Macmillan/Palgrave, 2015.
Martin, Robert A., ed.  Arthur Miller: New Perspectives.  Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall, 1982.
—.  “Arthur Miller: Public Issues, Private Tensions.”  Studies in the Literary Imagination  21.2 (1988):  97-106.
Martine, James J., ed.  Critical Essays on Arthur Miller.  Boston: Hall, 1979.
Mason, Jeffrey.  Stone Tower: The Political Theater of Arthur Miller. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008.
Meyer, Richard D. Making the Fall. New York: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
Moss, Leonard.  Arthur Miller.  2nd. ed.  New York: Twayne, 1980.
Murphy, Brenda.  “Arthur Miller: Revisioning Realism.” Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition.  Ed. William W. Demastes. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996:  189-202.
—. ed. Arthur Miller: Critical Insights. Boston: Salem Press, 2010
Murray, Edward.  Arthur Miller, Dramatist. New York: Ungar, 1967.
Nanda, Silima. Faces of Miller Women. New Delhi, India: Mittal Publications, 2007.
Nelson, Benjamin.  Arthur Miller: Portrait of a Playwright.  New York: McKay, 1970.
Novick, Julius. Beyond the Golden Door: Jewish American Drama and Jewish American Experience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Oikawa, Masahiro. Arthur Miller Gekini Okeru Rinrisei (Morality in Arthur Miller’s Plays). Kinseido, Tokyo, 2008. [Japanese]
Otten, Terry.  The Temptation of Innocence in the Dramas of Arthur Miller.  Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2002.
Overland, Orm.  “The Action and its Significance: Arthur Miller’s Struggle with Dramatic Form.”  Modern Drama  17 (1975):  1-14.
Parker, Dorothy, ed. Essays on Modern American Drama: Williams, Miller, Albee and Shepard.  Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 1987.
Polster, Joshua E. Reinterpreting the Plays of Arthur Miller. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2010.
Prudoe, John.  “Arthur Miller and the Tradition of Tragedy.”  English Studies  43 (1962):  430-39.
Ram, Atma, ed. Perspectives on Arthur Miller.  New Delhi:  Abhinav, 1988.
Savran, David. Communists, Cowboys, and Queers: The Politics of Masculinity in the Work of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.  Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis Press, 1992.
Scanlan, Tom. Family, Drama, and American Dreams.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1978.
Schlueter, June and James K. Flanagan. Arthur Miller. New York: Ungar, 1987.
Sterling, Eric, ed. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (Dialogue). New York: Rodophi, 2008.
Siebold, Thomas, ed.  Readings on Arthur Miller.  San Diego: Greenhaven, 1997.
Steinberg, M.W. “Arthur Miller and the Idea of Modern Tragedy.”  Dalhousie Review 40 (1961):  329-40.
Trowbridge, Clinton W. “Arthur Miller: Between Pathos and Tragedy.” Modern Drama 10 (1967): 221-32.
Vajda, Miklos. “Arthur Miller: Moralist as Playwright.”  New Hungarian Quarterly 16 (1975):  171-80.
Viswamohan, Aysha. Arthur Miller: The Dramatist and His Universe. Chennai: T.R. Publications, 2005.
Welland, Dennis. Miller: The Playwright. 3rd. ed. New York: Methuen, 1985.
Williams, Raymond.  “The Realism of Arthur Miller.” Critical Quarterly  1 (1959):  34-37.
Yim, Harksoon.  “Arthur Miller’s Theory of Tragedy and Its Practice in All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible.” Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association (1996):  57-63.


Professor Dennis Welland, who has died aged 82, made a major contribution to the development of American studies in this country, and wrote perceptively on British and American literature. He will also be remembered for his service to Manchester University and its surrounding community. His acute sense of loyalty and social responsibility was complemented by an equally acute sense of humour.

Though a northerner by adoption, after living 60 years north of the Trent, Dennis was born in Hackney, east London. Few would have guessed his Cockney background. He went to Westcliff high school in Essex, and read English at what was then University College Nottingham, receiving an external London BA degree, first class, in 1940.

After six years in the army (Royal Artillery and combined operations), he returned to Nottingham to join the English department in 1947, completing his PhD on Wilfred Owen in 1951. When he visited Siegfried Sassoon, the poet chatted to Dennis for some time before saying, "Well, I suppose you want to hear about the war." He was then completely transformed as he re-entered that past world. Dennis retained the notes that Sassoon made on his manuscript. The book resulting from his thesis, Wilfred Owen: A Critical Study (1960), was a landmark text in resurrecting interest in its subject.

In 1952, as a member of what he called "the most progressive English department in the country", Dennis was encouraged to develop American interests, and was sent on a 12-month Rockefeller scholarship to the University of Minnesota. On his return he instituted the first courses in American studies at Nottingham. His strong interest in drama resulted in Arthur Miller (1961), a groundbreaking, and still admired, critical study of the playwright.

In 1962, Professor Marcus Cunliffe, another of the founding fathers of that discipline in this country, secured American funding for staff in his new Manchester department, and Dennis was appointed as reader. From 1965 to 1983 he was the university's professor of American literature, the first and only person to hold that post, and became professor emeritus on retirement.

Dennis was one of the instrumental figures in promulgating American studies in this country. As one colleague said, Dennis "never was a passenger", contributing fully to any community of which he was a part. He helped found the Association of American Studies in the early 1950s, was its first treasurer, and then assumed the post of secretary and, later, chair (1980-83). He was also the founder editor of the Journal of American Studies in 1967.

At this time, American studies found it hard to establish itself as a respectable academic subject. Marcus Cunliffe would tell of the Manchester librarian who held back on request forms for the work of living American authors, patiently explaining that "we don't want Book-of-the-Month-Club stuff". In such an atmosphere, the value of the work done by Dennis and his fellow Americanists cannot be over-estimated.

At Manchester Dennis had two careers, as an academic and an administrator, and often felt that his work as a teacher and critic suffered accordingly. None the less, he expanded his books on Owen and Miller, and is perhaps best known for his work on Twain. Mark Twain In England (1978), based in part on research done in the Chatto and Windus correspondence, is a valuable detailed study of Twain and England and of his publishing history here. The Life And Times Of Mark Twain (1991) followed his retirement. But Dennis published on a wide range of other authors and artists too, ranging from Franklin and Dickinson to William Carlos Williams and Jackson Pollock.

Asked to be pro-vice-chancellor at Manchester in 1979, Dennis later wrote that "loyalty rather than common-sense led me to accept". This was one in a series of such posts. He was made part-time executive of the Owens Park student complex (an innovative development in student housing and the largest in Europe at the time) from 1967 to 1971. Elected dean of the faculty of arts in 1976, he then became presenter of honorary graduands in 1979, a post he thoroughly enjoyed. From 1980 to 1981 he was acting vice-chancellor and showed considerable skill in sometimes delicate negotiations. The establishment, with the city council, of the university science park was a case in point. After a final period as pro-vice-chancellor (1981-83), he remained active in university affairs.

Dennis constantly sought to build bridges between the university and the larger community. A founder trustee of the University Contact Theatre Company in 1972, and later its chair (1984-97), he encouraged close collaboration with schools and local communities. Similar interests spurred his later work as chair of the steering group of Northern Artists into Schools.

Dennis believed strongly in public service. All those who knew him talk of the loyalty, affection, hatred of hypocrisy, charm and integrity that marked both his private and public life. He was also very good at conjuring tricks, which he was pleased to perform at his son's and grand-children's parties.

Dennis's wife Joan died in 1987. Later, he found further happiness with Barbara Leigh, who died just two weeks before he did. He is survived by his son Michael.

· Dennis Sydney Reginald Welland, academic, born December 21 1919; died September 1 2002

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