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Retreats from Realism in Recent English Drama
     

Retreats from Realism in Recent English Drama

by Ruby Cohn
 

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Assuming realism to be the dominant mode in English theater since 1956, the year of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, Professor Cohn argues that the most provocative plays of recent years have departed from realism. She examines these departures according to patterns that form chapter headings. These include the theme of England as dramatic metaphor,

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Assuming realism to be the dominant mode in English theater since 1956, the year of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, Professor Cohn argues that the most provocative plays of recent years have departed from realism. She examines these departures according to patterns that form chapter headings. These include the theme of England as dramatic metaphor, modernizations of Shakespeare, verse plays, explorations of mental anguish and the rewriting of history. The playwrights discussed under these headings include Arden, Bond, Brenton, Churchill, Edgar, Gems, Hampton, Hare, Nichols, Stoppard, Storey, Williams, and Wood. Ruby Cohn compares their plays from different perspectives.

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ISBN-13:
9780521403634
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/21/1991
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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