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The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights

The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights


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Elaine Aston, Janelle Reinelt, Maggie B. Gale, Susan Bennett, Michelene Wandor, Susan Bassnett, Anna-Marie Taylor, Adrienne Scullion, Mary Trotter, Susan Carlson, Gabriele Griffin, Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Claire MacDonald, Sue-Ellen Case
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  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521595339

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  • This Companion, first published in 2000, addresses the work of women playwrights in Britain throughout the twentieth century. The chapters explore the historical and theatrical contexts in which women have written for the theatre and examine the work of individual playwrights. A chronological section on playwriting from the 1920s to the 1970s is followed by chapters which raise issues of nationality and identity. Later sections question accepted notions of the canon and include chapters on non-mainstream writing, including black and lesbian performance. Each section is introduced by the editors, who provide a narrative overview of a century of women's drama and a thorough chronology of playwriting, set in political context. The collection includes essays on the individual writers Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniels, Pam Gems and Timberlake Wertenbaker as well as extensive documentation of contemporary playwriting in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including figures such as Liz Lochhead and Anne Devlin.

    • Focus on twentieth century reflects current teaching and research trends in UK and US in courses on women and theatre
    • Transatlantic range of contributors is unusual in this field
    • The contextual bias of the companion will make it a primary reading text for courses, especially in UK
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    'The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights is an excellent companion. The Companion provides detailed and extensive information that is scrupulously well researched and well presented. It thus makes an indispensable, timely, and provocative resource.' Modern Drama

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521595339
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    1. A century in view: from suffrage to the 1990s Elaine Aston and Janelle Reinelt
    2. Women playwrights of the 1920s and 1930s Maggie B. Gale
    3. New plays and women's voices in the 1950s Susan Bennett
    4. Women playwrights and the challenge of feminism in the 1970s Michelene Wandor
    5. The politics of location Susan Bassnett
    6. Contemporary Welsh women playwrights Anna-Marie Taylor
    7. Contemporary Scottish women playwrights Adrienne Scullion
    8. Women playwrights in Northern Ireland Mary Trotter
    9. Language and identity in Timberlake Wertenbaker's plays Susan Carlson
    10. Pam Gems: body politics and biography Elaine Aston
    11. Caryl Churchill and the politics of style Janelle Reinelt
    12. Violence, abuse and gender relations in the plays by Sarah Daniels Gabriele Griffin
    13. Small island people: black British women playwrights Meenakshi Ponnuswami
    14. Writing outside the mainstream Claire MacDonald
    15. Lesbian performance Sue-Ellen Case.

  • Editors

    Elaine Aston, Lancaster University

    Janelle Reinelt, University of California, Davis


    Elaine Aston, Janelle Reinelt, Maggie B. Gale, Susan Bennett, Michelene Wandor, Susan Bassnett, Anna-Marie Taylor, Adrienne Scullion, Mary Trotter, Susan Carlson, Gabriele Griffin, Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Claire MacDonald, Sue-Ellen Case

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