The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights

The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights

by Elaine Aston
     
 

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This Companion addresses the work of women playwrights in Britain throughout the twentieth century. Chapters explore the historical and theatrical contexts in which women have written for the theater and examine the work of individual playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, and Timberlake Wertenbaker. The volume brings together a transatlantic team of feminist…  See more details below

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This Companion addresses the work of women playwrights in Britain throughout the twentieth century. Chapters explore the historical and theatrical contexts in which women have written for the theater and examine the work of individual playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, and Timberlake Wertenbaker. The volume brings together a transatlantic team of feminist theater scholars and practitioners. A chronological section on playwriting from the 1920s to the 1970s is followed by chapters that raise issues of nationality and identity. Later sections question accepted notions of the canon and include chapters on nonmainstream writing, including black and lesbian performance.

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"An astute gender-based analysis useful as both companion and primer." Choice

"...an excellent companion. Most importantly, it achieves factual and intellectual coverage without enforcing intellectual and creative containment...The collection is also dynamic in that it is authored by writers with a range of styles and approaches who nevertheless always foreground argument, contextual information, and suggestions for further reading beyond the canonical limits if this book's covers. The Companion's range is complemented by the editor's notes that introduce each part, as well as by photographic illustrations and a very welcome index, which facilitates topic searches across the collection's various entries." Modern Drama

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521594226
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

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