Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century / Edition 2

Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century / Edition 2

by Christopher Innes, C. D. Innes

Updated edition of Modern British Drama, 1890–1990, now covering all of the twentieth century.See more details below


Updated edition of Modern British Drama, 1890–1990, now covering all of the twentieth century.

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Cambridge University Press
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Table of Contents

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1.1Defining British drama4
1.2Patterns of development and organizing principles7
1.3Critical treatment11
2Defining modernism: George Bernard Shaw13
2.1The reinterpretation of Ibsen14
2.2Refurbishing nineteenth-century styles22
2.3Thesis drama and metaphysical comedy33
2.4Symbolism and politics39
3Social themes and realistic modes55
3.1Shavian influences and the question of censorship55
3.2Intellectual drama versus public theatre: Granville-Barker and John Galsworthy60
3.3Realism versus Agitprop: D.H. Lawrence and the Workers' Theatre Movement69
3.4Terence Rattigan: updating the Well-Made Play76
3.5John Osborne: the rhetoric of social alienation86
3.6Arnold Wesker: utopian realism103
3.7Brechtian influences: Epic stagecraft and British equivalents113
3.8John Arden: the popular tradition and Epic alternatives132
3.9Edward Bond: rationalism, realism and radical solutions152
3.10David Edgar: from Agitprop to Social Realism178
3.11Howard Brenton and David Hare: utopian perspectives on modern history196
3.12The feminist alternative233
4The comic mirror - tradition and innovation250
4.1Somerset Maugham: popular comedy versus social criticism253
4.2Noel Coward:: comedy as social image262
4.3Ben Travers: society as Farce285
4.4Joe Orton: Farce as confrontation293
4.5Samuel Beckett: interior space and play as image306
4.6Harold Pinter: power plays and the trap of comedy328
4.7Peter Barnes and Trevor Griffiths: the politics of comedy350
4.8Traditionalism and theatricality: Alan Ayckbourn and Michael Frayn370
4.9Tom Stoppard: theatricality and the comedy of ideas393
4.10New Comic Voices: Patrick Marber427
5Poetic drama - verse, fantasy and symbolic images436
5.1The rejection of society: J.M. Barrie438
5.2J.B. Priestley: temporal dislocation and transcendence442
5.3Expressionistic archetypes: W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood455
5.4T.S. Eliot: the drama of conversion461
5.5Appealing to the popular imagination: Christopher Fry and Peter Shaffer477
5.6Apocalyptic visions in theatres of Cruelty and Catastrophe: John Whiting, David Rudkin and Howard Barker495
5.7Caryl Churchill: from the psychology of feminism to the surreal512
5.8Sarah Kane: the poetry of madness in violent dreams528
5.9Simon McBurney: devising a physical theatre537

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