Top Girls / Edition 2

Top Girls / Edition 2

by Caryl Churchill
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Bloomsbury Academic
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Top Girls / Edition 2

A play which looks at the political costs of women rising to the top.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780413554802
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Modern Classics Series
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 354,603
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology (Churchill's life and work, alongside significant political, social and cultural events)


* Historical contexts (women's rights/advancement; Thatcher's Britain)
* Theatrical contexts (The Royal Court; Max Stafford Clark; production history; critical responses)
* The play today (an interview with David Shirley, director of the play in 2014)


* Women and work
* Female Genealogy: Mothers and daughters (killing your mother; giving up your daughter); sisters (and sisterhood); 'Herstory'/re-finding women's histories
* Women's ability/freedom to occupy multiple/conflicting roles
* Women aping masculine behaviour/dress/passing as men
* 'Getting away'/freedom/travel/social mobility
* Class (individualism vs socialism; economic/social mobility; materialism vs human compassion; 'successful' women ignoring the plight of less fortunate women)

Dramatic Technique

* Language
* Structure
* Characterisation/multi-roling

Academic Debate (including suggestions for further reading)

Related Work

Play Text (with on-page glossing/notes)

Glossary of Dramatic Terms

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