In the last two decades, feminist theatre has become an exciting and important cultural form. This New Casebook presents twelve essays that illustrate the diversity and depth of the field and that pose key questions about the relations of drama to gender. The first section focuses on theory and history, most particularly on the debate between realism and Brechtian non-realism. Part II presents critical analyses of key plays and productions. The last two essays draw attention to the rapid internationalization of feminist theatre and the critical writing it has engendered.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements.- General Editors' Preface.- Introduction; H.Keyssar.- Realism, Narrative, and the Feminist Playwright: A Problem of Reception; J.Forte.- Beyond Brecht: Britain's New Feminist Drama; J.Reinelt.- The Dis-Play's the Thing: Gender and Public Sphere in Contemporary British Theatre; L.Kruger.- Frame-Up: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Theatre; B.Freedman.- Drama and the Dialogic Imagination: The Heidi Chronicles and Fefu and her Friends; H.Keyssar.- Locked Behind the Proscenium: Feminist Strategies in Getting Out and My Sister in This House; P.R.Schroeder.- Extremities and Masterpieces: A Feminist Paradigm of Art and Politics; T.C.Davis.- -Unmasking the Minstrel Mask's Black Magic in Ntozake Shange's Spell; K.Cronacher.- Wordscapes of the Body: Performative Language as Gestus in Maria Irene Fornes's Plays; D.R.Geis.- Chicanas' Experience in Collective Theatre: Ideology and Form; Y.Yarbro-Bejarano.- Contemporary Women's Voices in French Theatre; J.G.Miller.- Male Ideology and Female Identity: Images of Women in Four Modern Chinese Historical Plays; H.Yan.- Further Reading Notes on Contributors Index.