Post-war British drama [electronic resource] : looking back in gender / Michelene Wandor.

Wandor, Michelene.
2nd ed.
London : Routledge, 2001.
1 online resource (289 p.)
English drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Sex role in literature.
Feminism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain -- Influence.
Domestic drama, English -- History and criticism.
Families in literature.
Electronic books.
In this extensively revised and updated edition of her classic work, Look Back in Gender, Michelene Wandor confirms the symbiotic relationship between drama and gender in a provocative look at key, representative British plays from the last fifty years. Repositioning the text at the heart of hteatre studies, Wandor surveys plays by Ayckbourn, Beckett, Churchill, Daniels, Friel, Hare, Kane, Osborne, Pinter, Ravenhill, Wertenbaker, Wesker and others. Her nuanced argument, central to any analysis of contemporary drama, discusses: *the imperative of gender in the playwright's imag
Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; PART I; 1 The imperative of gender; Orlando's tea-party; To be or not to be (gendered); The imperative of gender; 2 The imperative of context: family and gender; After the war was over; Public and private; PART II; 3 The 1950s; Good causes. Displacement: kitchen sink and psyche; LOOK BACK IN ANGER; Men, authority and the state; WAITING FOR GODOT; Political causes: Communism and the Jewish family; CHICKEN SOUP WITH BARLEY, ROOTS, I'M TALKING ABOUT JERUSALEM; The outsider at the door; THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Voices from the distaff side: mother and daughterA TASTE OF HONEY; Women and myth; THE SPORT OF MY MAD MOTHER; Women and emancipation; EACH HIS OWN WILDERNESS, PLAY WITH A TIGER; Men and the military; SERJEANT MUSGRAVE'S DANCE; 4 The 1960s; Military homosexuality; A PATRIOT FOR ME; Behind the lace curtains; ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE; Suburbia fights back; LOOT; Respectable lesbians; THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE; Beginning to come out; STAIRCASE; Urban violence; SAVED; 5 The Lady Macbeth syndrome - The 1950s and 1960s: conclusions; 6 The Royal Smut-Hound; PART III; 7 New contexts; Sexual politics
Alternative theatresWho works where: writers and the rest; Gender and playwriting; Cross-dressing and gender; Feminist dynamics: radical, bourgeois and socialist feminism; 8 A theatrical legacy; Mother on a pedestal - a doubtful chivalry; THE MOTHER; PART IV; 9 The 1970s; Whose territory?; VAGINA REX AND THE GAS OVEN; On female territory; RITES; Womb envy; OCCUPATIONS; Whose public school?; SLAG; The sexual psyche; AC/DC; Whose sexual freedoms?; LAY-BY; Biology and property values; OWNERS; Gender and creativity: the Ophelia syndrome; TEETH 'N' SMILES; Gender and the Left; DESTINY
Rites of passageONCE A CATHOLIC; Utopias; CLOUD NINE; Daring loves; BENT; Chronicling gender; THE ROMANS IN BRITAIN; 10 The 1970s: conclusions; PART V; 11 The 1980s; Ireland, imperialism and language; TRANSLATIONS; Taking gender out of the ring; TRAFFORD TANZI; Foreign customs; TIBETAN INROADS; Cleaning up the act; STEAMING; The right legacy; MAYDAYS; Pornographics; MASTERPIECES; Myth revisited; THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE; 12 The 1980s: conclusions; PART VI; 13 The 1990s; Down on the estate; BEAUTIFUL THING; New urban disaffection; SHOPPING AND FUCKING; Intellectual life; COPENHAGEN
New brutalismCLEANSED; 14 The 1990s: conclusion; PART VII; 15 Turning the tables; 16 Coda; Serendipities and alter egos; PASSION PLAY; Home and away; HOUSE and GARDEN; Epilogue; Select bibliography; Index
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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