Edward Albee’s The Sandbox in the Light of New Historicism

Elmira Bazregarzadeh


¬History in an important part of human being’s life in that it plays an important role in shaping our private, public, and political viewpoints. It serves as a mirror to life because it connects past events with present ones and may at times affect the future as well. Likewise, history enables us to ponder about the reason behind some past events and their influence on the individuals’ present lives. The wide range of history and its broad coverage of different causes and effects of life events are the two focal issues that open the readers’ eyes to the inherent features of the New Historicists’ examinations of various works of literature. With this critical standpoint in mind the present paper intends to study Edward Albee’s play The Sandbox to reveal the existing factors that link the play with the previous historical events present in the American history of the time. By choosing New Historicism as the main model, the paper will shed light on such issues as power, resistance, and subversion put forward by such leaning figures of this critical approach as Michel Foucault and Stephen Greenblatt.


New Historicism; History; Edward Albee; Power; The Sandbox

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21533/epiphany.v11i1.276


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