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Modern British drama, 1890-1990

Author: Christopher Innes
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Starting with George Bernard Shaw, Christopher Innes traces the evolution of modernism from the close of the nineteenth century right up to the present. The unparalleled breadth of this critical  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Innes
ISBN: 0521305365 9780521305365 0521315557 9780521315555
OCLC Number: 25367510
Description: xxiii, 484 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Defining British drama --
Patterns of development and organizing principles --
Critical treatment --
Arthur Pinero : the problem play versus the new realism --
Reinterpretation of Ibsen --
Refurbishing nineteenth-century styles --
Thesis drama and metaphysical comedy --
Symbolism and politics --
Shavian influences and the question of censorship --
Intellectual drama versus public theatre : Graville-Barker and John Galsworthy --
Realism versus Agitprop : D.H. Lawrence and the Workers' Theatre Movement --
Sean O'Casey : expressive realism and the imagery of politics--
Terence Rattigan : updating the well-made play --
John Osborne : the rhetoric of social alienation --
Arnold Wesker : utopian realism --
Brechtian influences : epic stagecraft and British equivalents. John Arden : the popular tradition and epic alternatives --
Edward Bond : rationalism, realism and radical solutions --
David Edgar : from Agitprop to socialist realism --
Howard Brenton and David Hare : utopian perspectives on modern history --
Oscar Wilde : paradoxical fantasy and moral subversion --
John Synge : satiric artifice and critical realism --
Somerset Maugham : popular comedy versus social criticism --
Noel Coward : comedy as social image --
Ben Travers : society as farce --
Joe Orton : farce as confrontation --
Harold Pinter : power plays and the trap of comedy --
Politics and comedy : Peter Barnes and Trevor Griffiths --
Traditionalism and theatricality : Alan Ayckbourn and Michael Frayn --
Tom Stoppard : theatricality and the comedy of ideas --
Rejection of society : J.M. Barrie versus Wilde's Salomé --
W.B. Yeats : theatre of the mind --
J.B. Priestley : temporal dislocation and transcendence --
Expressionistic archetypes : W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood. T.S. Eliot : the drama of conversion --
Appealing to the popular imagination : Christopher Fry and Peter Shaffer --
Apocalyptic visions and Artaudian theatre : John Whiting and David Rudkin --
Samuel Beckett : interior space and play as image --
Early groups and feminist principles --
Pam Gems : reinterpreting the stereotype --
Caryl Churchill : theatre as a model for change.
Responsibility: Christopher Innes.
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