Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century

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Cambridge University Press, 28.11.2002 - 572 Seiten
A revised and updated version of Modern British Drama, 1890-1990, is the first one-volume analysis of English playwriting over the twentieth century. Through detailed discussions of major dramatists and plays, Christopher Innes traces the evolution of modernism from Bernard Shaw to the present as well as theatrical developments over the period. The text includes information on the social and political environment surrounding the plays, first productions and critical reception, and chronology and illustrations from key performances, lists of playwrights and works, and selective bibliographies. It is an invaluable guide for students, theater-goers and theater historians.
 

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Contexts
1
11 Defining British drama
4
12 Patterns of development and organizing principles
7
13 Critical treatment
11
Defining modernism George Bernard Shaw
13
21 The reinterpretation of Ibsen
14
22 Refurbishing nineteenthcentury styles
22
23 Thesis drama and metaphysical comedy
33
comedy as social image
262
society as Farce
285
Farce as confrontation
293
interior space and play as image
306
power plays and the trap of comedy
328
the politics of comedy
350
Alan Ayckbourn and Michael Frayn
370
theatricality and the comedy of ideas
393

24 Symbolism and politics
39
Social themes and realistic modes
55
GranvilleBarker and John Galsworthy
60
D H Lawrence and the Workers Theatre Movement
69
updating the WellMade Play
76
the rhetoric of social alienation
86
utopian realism
103
Epic stagecraft and British equivalents
113
the popular tradition and Epic alternatives
132
rationalism realism and radical solutions
152
from Agitprop to Social Realism
178
utopian perspectives on modern history
196
312 The feminist alternative
233
The comic mirror tradition and innovation
250
popular comedy versus social criticism
253
Patrick Marber
427
Poetic drama verse fantasy and symbolic images
436
J M Barrie
438
temporal dislocation and transcendence
442
W H Auden and Christopher Isherwood
455
the drama of conversion
461
Christopher Fry and Peter Shaffer
477
John Whiting David Rudkin and Howard Barker
495
from the psychology of feminism to the Surreal
512
the poetry of madness in violent dreams
528
devising a physical theatre
537
Bibliographies
544
Index
553
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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.

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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