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The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Elaine Aston

The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Elaine Aston (Editor), Prof. Janelle G. Reinelt (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th May 2000
ISBN: 9780521594226
Number Of Pages: 298

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This Companion addresses the work of women playwrights in Britain throughout the twentieth century. The chapters explore the historical and theatrical contexts in which women have written for the theatre and examine the work of individual playwrights. A chronological section on playwriting from the 1920s to the 1970s is followed by chapters which raise issues of nationality and identity. Later sections question accepted notions of the canon and include chapters on non-mainstream writing, including black and lesbian performance. Each section is introduced by the editors, who provide a narrative overview of a century of women's drama and a thorough chronology of playwriting, set in political context. The collection includes essays on the individual writers Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniels, Pam Gems and Timberlake Wertenbaker as well as extensive documentation of contemporary playwriting in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including figures such as Liz Lochhead and Anne Devlin.

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'The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights is an excellent companion. The Companion provides detailed and extensive information that is scrupulously well researched and well presented. It thus makes an indispensable, timely, and provocative resource.' Modern Drama

Notes on contributors
A century in view: from suffrage to the 1990s
Women playwrights of the 1920s and 1930s
New plays and women's voices in the 1950s
Women playwrights and the challenge of feminism in the 1970s
The politics of location
Contemporary Welsh women playwrights
Contemporary Scottish women playwrights
Women playwrights in Northern Ireland
Language and identity in Timberlake Wertenbaker's plays
Pam Gems: body politics and biography
Caryl Churchill and the politics of style
Violence, abuse and gender relations in the plays
Small island people: black British women playwrights
Writing outside the mainstream
Lesbian performance
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ISBN: 9780521594226
ISBN-10: 0521594227
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 25th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.72 x 23.6  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.54

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