The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill

The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill

by Elaine Aston
     
 

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Caryl Churchill's plays are internationally performed, studied and acclaimed by practitioners, theatre scholars, critics and audiences alike. With fierce imagination the plays dramatise the anxieties and terrors of contemporary life. This Companion presents new scholarship on Churchill's extraordinary and ground-breaking work. Chapters explore a cluster of major

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Caryl Churchill's plays are internationally performed, studied and acclaimed by practitioners, theatre scholars, critics and audiences alike. With fierce imagination the plays dramatise the anxieties and terrors of contemporary life. This Companion presents new scholarship on Churchill's extraordinary and ground-breaking work. Chapters explore a cluster of major plays in relation to pressing social topics – ecological crisis, sexual politics, revolution, terror and selfhood – providing close readings of texts in their theatrical, theoretical and historical contexts. These topic-based essays are intercalated with other essays that delve into Churchill's major collaborations, her performance innovations and her influences on a new generation of playwrights. Contributors explore Churchill's career-long experimentation – her risk-taking that has reinvigorated the stage, both formally and politically. Providing a new critical platform for the study of a theatrical career that spans almost fifty years, the Companion pays fresh attention to Churchill's poetic precision, dark wit and inexhaustible creativity.

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“This is a much-needed and long-awaited addition to the Cambridge Companion series... The volume has been conceptualized and shaped with great care, so it will be of use to a broad range of readers and researchers... The editors have successfully composed a nonlinear, non-chronological volume in order to echo the non-linearity of so much of Churchill’s work.”
—New Theatre Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521728942
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Aston is Professor of Contemporary Performance at Lancaster University.

Elin Diamond is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University.

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