The Tennessee Williams Annual Review

The Journal

Current Issue:
Number 17 — 2018

The Historic New Orleans Collection 2018
softcover • 6" x 9" • 192 pp.
3 color images, 14 b/w images
ISSN 1097-6035
Available from The Shop at The Collection for $15

The Review is excited to announce the first appearance in print of Williams’s “Provisional Film Story Treatment of The Gentleman Caller (First Title),” a revealing precursor to The Glass Menagerie. Housed in THNOC’s Fred W. Todd Tennessee Williams Collection, the typescript—part screenplay, part plot summary, sprinkled with suggested camera shots—spotlights Menagerie’s missing father, Tom Wingfield Sr., who takes center stage as the gentleman caller.

In the issue’s essays, Naghmeh Rezaie unpacks the 2011 Iranian film Here without Me, a recreation of The Glass Menagerie in 21st-century Tehran. Barbara Neri uses Williams’s references to Elizabeth Barrett Browning to place Blanche DuBois in a history of love poetry stretching back to Dante and Petrarch, and Henry I. Schvey finds Williams using D. H. Lawrence to explore physicality, sexuality, intellect, and instinct. Alison Walls charts the use of martyr figures in the playwright’s exploration of desire, suffering, and the quest for the divine, and R. Barton Palmer unveils the influence of Noël Coward, economics, and audience expectations on Period of Adjustment.

In the issue’s review section, Tiffany Gilbert examines three recent scholarly books that track the playwright’s engagement with culturally and legally risky themes, and Annette J. Saddik analyzes Grand Guignol: The Brother and Sister Play, created from the works of Williams and Mary Shelley.

Founded by Robert Bray in 1998 and now edited by R. Barton Palmer, the Review remains the only regularly published journal dedicated to the work and influence of this preeminent American playwright. To order a copy of the current issue, please visit the shop at The Historic New Orleans Collection.


Online versions of all our journal issues can be accessed in our archives.


If you want a print copy of any of our back issues, many of them are still available to order. Simply fill out the online order form, print it out, and send it in with your payment.


We are always accepting submissions for our next issue of the Review. The editors invite academic writing on all aspects of the Williams oeuvre, on his contemporaries, and on issues relevant to his era, his work, and his influence. For details, please see our submission guidelines.


See notes on all of our contributing writers as well as links to the essays they've written for the Review.

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