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The Death of the Playwright? : Modern British Drama and Literary Theory - Adrian Page

The Death of the Playwright?

Modern British Drama and Literary Theory

By: Adrian Page (Editor)

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Published: 24th February 1992
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This volume contains nine essays which debate issues arising from contemporary literary theory in relation to drama of the modern period. The authors propose new theoretical approaches to recent drama which derive from post-structuralism, semiotics, feminism, Bakhtinian theory and psychoanalysis. The essays range over much of the "canonical" drama which has been subjected to literary approaches and suggest ways of re-reading well-known texts. The introduction examines the playwright's authority over textual meaning and surveys existing work which relates theory and drama. The playwrights discussed include Ann Jellicoe, Alan Bleasdale, Jill Hyem and Anne Valery, Shelagh Delaney, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Howard Brenton, Howard Barker, John McGrath, Joe Orton, Caryl Churchill, Trevor Griffiths and David Hare.

Preface - Acknowledgements - Notes on the Contributors - Introduction - 'The World Made Flesh': Women and Theatre; J.Thompson - Popular Drama and Realism: the Case of Television; C.Pawling & T.Perkins - Shelagh Delaney's 'A Taste of Honey' as Serious Text: a Semiotic Reading; E.J.Esche - The Eye of Judgement: Samuel Beckett's Later Drama; A.McMullan - Bakhtin, Beckett, Foucault, Pinter; P.Griffith - Forms of Dissent in Contemporary Drama and Contemporary Theory; R.Rylance - An Age of Surfaces: Joe Orton's Drama and Poststructuralism; A.Page - The Plays of Caryl Churchill: Essays in Refusal; J.Thomas - Staging the Other: a Psychoanalytic Approach to Contemporary Political Drama; W.J.Wheeler & T.R.Griffiths - Select Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333513156
ISBN-10: 0333513150
Series: Insights
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 24th February 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2