'Love Me Or Kill Me': Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes

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"Love Me or Kill Me" is the first study of Sarah Kane. It covers all of Kane's major plays and productions, contains formerly unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. Locating the main dramatic sources and features of her work as well as confirming her place within the "new wave" of emergent British dramatists in the 1990s, Graham Saunders provides an introduction for those familiar and unfamiliar with her work.

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Overview

"Love Me or Kill Me" is the first study of Sarah Kane. It covers all of Kane's major plays and productions, contains formerly unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. Locating the main dramatic sources and features of her work as well as confirming her place within the "new wave" of emergent British dramatists in the 1990s, Graham Saunders provides an introduction for those familiar and unfamiliar with her work.

Author Biography: Graham Saunders is Lecturer in Theater Studies at the University of the West of England.

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The author, whose academic background is not provided, offers an introduction to the work of British dramatist Sarah Kane. The first section comprises a chronological introduction to each of the plays, with an introduction outlining the main dramatic methods and themes Kane used in her work, as well as her position in the context of other writers working in British theater of the mid-1990s. The second section presents interviews and conversations with various theater practitioners who have worked with Kane's pieces or are particularly interested in her work. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Graham Saunders is Lecturer in Theater Studies at the University of the West of England.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The plays
2 'This disgusting feast of filth': Blasted 37
3 'If there could have been more moments like this': Phaedra's Love 71
4 'This sensible hell': Cleansed 86
5 'Only love can save me and love has destroyed me': Crave 100
6 'Remember the light and believe in the light': 4.48 Psychosis 109
Pt. II Conversations
7 Conversation with James Macdonald 121
8 Conversation with Vicky Featherstone 128
9 Conversation with Nils Tabert 134
10 Conversation with Mel Kenyon 143
11 Conversation with Phyllis Nagy 154
12 Conversation with Kate Ashfield 163
13 Conversation with Daniel Evans 168
14 Conversation with Stuart McQuarrie 180
Afterword: Sarah Kane and theatre 189
Select bibliography 193
Index 199
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