George Bernard Shaw And The Socialist Theatre

George Bernard Shaw And The Socialist Theatre

by Tracy C. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313276110

ISBN-13: 9780313276118

Pub. Date: 07/30/1994

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

A biographically based study of George Bernard Shaw and his milieu, this book offers a non-laudatory reading of Shaw's economic practices and theories, augments feminist and postcolonial critiques that preoccupy the study of literary history in the 1990s, and provides a long overdue revisionist reading of Shaw for an undergraduate readership. It traces the

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A biographically based study of George Bernard Shaw and his milieu, this book offers a non-laudatory reading of Shaw's economic practices and theories, augments feminist and postcolonial critiques that preoccupy the study of literary history in the 1990s, and provides a long overdue revisionist reading of Shaw for an undergraduate readership. It traces the theatrical and political influences on Shaw from his earliest days in London; tracks his interest in socialism as an activist and author of tracts, novels, and plays emphasizing certain polemical traits; and follows his career as a major literary figure into the mid-20th century. The overarching themes of theatre and politics are narrated in relation to attempts by Shaw and his contemporaries to identify an audience and aesthetic for socialist theatre. The bibliographic essay that concludes the book is particularly helpful for student readers, who can benefit from a manageably-sized orientation to the mountain of Shavian scholarship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313276118
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1994
Series:
Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies: Lives of the Theatre Series, #56
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Preface

Introduction

Shaw Before Playwriting

Apprenticeship as a Playwright

Shaw's Theatrical Heyday

Responses to the Twentieth Century

Chronology of Shaw's Life and Writings

Bibliographical Essay

Index

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