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Contemporary British Drama, 1970-90 : Essays from Modern Drama - Hersh Zeifman

Contemporary British Drama, 1970-90

Essays from Modern Drama

By: Hersh Zeifman (Editor), Cynthia Zimmerman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th April 1993
ISBN: 9780333491140
Number Of Pages: 348

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This text focuses on the plays produced in England in the last two decades - a period that has received relatively little critical attention. The primary aim of the collection is to celebrate the range of British drama since 1970, by examining the work of 14 important and representative playwrights. This emphasis on range applies not only to the dramatists chosen for inclusion, but to the critics as well - specifically to the diversity of critical methodology demonstrated in their essays, thematic study, reader-response theory, semiotics, structuralism and performance theory.

Introduction; H.Zeifman - Pinter's Old Times: The Memory game; S.Martineau - Rehearsal as Critical Method: Pinter's Old Times; L.I.Eilenberg - Cinematic Fidelity and the Forms of Pinter's Betrayal; E.Brater - The Spectator in Drama/Drama in the Spectator: Peter Shaffer's Equus; U.Chaudhuri - On the Structure of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus; W.Huber & H.Zapf - The Political Spectrum of Edward Bond: From Rationalism to Rhapsody; C.Innes - Bond's Restoration; K.Worth - Edward Bond's Summer: 'a voice from the working class'; P.Roberts - The Serious Side of Alan Ayckbourn; M.Page - Makers of Real Shapes: Christopher Hampton and His Story-tellers; S.Black - The Emblematic Structure and Setting of David Storey's Plays; A.E.Quigley - After Magritte, After Carroll, After Wittgenstein: What Tom Stoppard's Tortoise Taught Us; K.Elam - The Optical Allusion: Perception and Form in Stoppard's Travesties; J.W.Cooke - Comedy of Ambush: Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing; H.Zeifman - The Unhappy Mean in Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged; B.Nelson - Creativity and Commitment in Trevor Griffiths's Comedians; A.E.Quigley - Modest Proposals of Modern Socialists; R.Cohn - The Politics of Anxiety: Contemporary Socialist Theatre in England; C.W.E.Bigsby - Television Drama and the People's War: David Hare's Licking Hitler, Ian McEwan's The Imitation Game, and Trevor Griffiths's Country; R.Johnstone - De-realised Women: Performance and Identity in Churchill's Top Girls; J.Marohl - Retreating to the Future: Brenton in the Eighties; R.Boon - A Select Bibliography; C.Zimmerman - Contributors - Dates of Original Publication - Index

ISBN: 9780333491140
ISBN-10: 0333491149
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 26th April 1993
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.3  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1