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Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century

Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century

2nd Edition

  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521016759

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  • A revised and updated version of Modern British Drama, 1890–1990, now covering the whole twentieth century, this was the first one-volume analysis of English playwriting to cover the most exciting and productive period in British Theatre from its inception to today. Through detailed discussions of major dramatists and plays, Innes traces the evolution of modernism from Bernard Shaw to Patrick Marber and Sarah Kane, and theatrical developments over the whole century. Includes information on the social and political environment surrounding the plays, first productions, and critical reception, plus chronology, illustrations from key performances, lists of playwrights and works, and selective bibliographies. An invaluable guide for students, theatre-goers and theatre historians.

    • Update of the very successful Modern British Drama, 1890–1990: comes right up to end of 2000 and beginning of 2001
    • Contains reference features: chronology, bibliographies, photos from key productions; lists of playwrights and their works
    • Written especially for theatre enthusiasts and students; accessible guide
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    From the first edition of Modern British Drama: '… any student wishing to survey the field will find the work invaluable.' Forum for Modern Language Studies

    'Christopher Innes' study provides the most valuable and extensive coverage that there has been on the subject in one volume. For teachers and students alike this work will become an essential handbook for the hundred years of British drama it covers … In short, the book is a triumph and a major contribution.' Modern Language Review

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521016759
    • length: 604 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 37 mm
    • weight: 0.939kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Chronology
    1. Contexts
    2. Defining modernism: George Bernard Shaw
    3. Social themes and realistic formulae [playwrights discussed include: Granville-Barker, Workers' Theatre Movement
    Rattigan
    Osborne
    Wesker
    Brechtian influences
    Arden
    Bond
    Edgar
    Brenton
    Hare
    Gems]
    4. The comic mirror - tradition and innovation [playwrights discussed include: Maugham
    Coward
    Travers
    Orton
    Beckett
    Pinter
    Barnes
    Griffiths
    Ayckbourn
    Frayn
    Stoppard
    Marber]
    5. Poetic drama - verse, fantasy and symbolic images [playwrights discussed include: Barrie
    Priestley
    Auden
    Isherwood
    Eliot
    Fry
    Shaffer
    Whiting
    Rudkin
    Barker
    Churchill
    Kane
    McBurney]
    Bibliographies
    Index.

  • Author

    Christopher Innes, York University, Toronto
    Christopher Innes is one of the leading experts in the field of modern British drama studies and he has written and published extensively in this and related areas. His books include Piscator's Political Theatre, Modern German Drama, Holy Theatre, Edward Gordon Craig, Avant Garde Theatre: 1892–1992, and A Sourcebook on Naturalistic Theatre, as well as Modern British Drama: 1890–1990. Professor Innes also serves as the General Editor for the Cambridge University Press series Directors in Perspective, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Performance and Culture.

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