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As a serious drama set in an ordinary middle-class home, Ibsen's A Doll's House established a new politics of the interior that was to have a lasting impact upon twentieth-century drama. In this innovative study, Nicholas Grene traces the changing forms of the home on the stage through nine of the greatest of modern plays and playwrights. From Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard through to Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, domestic spaces and personal crises have been employed to express wider social conditions and themes of class, gender and family. In the later twentieth century and beyond, the most radically experimental dramatists created their own challenging theatrical interiors, including Beckett in Endgame, Pinter in The Homecoming and Parks in Topdog/Underdog. Grene analyses the full significance of these versions of domestic spaces to offer fresh insights into the portrayal of the naturalistic environment in modern drama.Read more
- Provides a unique and accessible overview of the treatment of domestic spaces in modern drama
- Offers in-depth close readings of nine major plays from Ibsen's A Doll's House to Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog, including detailed information on their origins, themes and production history
- Fourteen illustrations depict plans, stage sets and productions to show the variety of ways that works have been interpreted on stage
- Shortlisted for the 2014 Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize
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- Date Published: February 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107434998
- length: 252 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- contains: 14 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ibsen and after
1. A Doll's House: the drama of the interior
2. The Cherry Orchard: all Russia
3. Heartbreak House: waiting for the Zeppelin
4. Long Day's Journey into Night: the Tyrones at home in America
5. A Streetcar Named Desire: see-through representation
6. Endgame: in the refuge
7. The Homecoming: men's room
8. Arcadia: seeing double
9. Topdog/Underdog: welcome to the family
Conclusion: home base.
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