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Caryl Churchill (Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists)

by Mary Luckhurst

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An analysis of the work of Caryl Churchill. The author discusses the social and political context of her works, showing that her political and feminist consciousness drove most of her work throughout her career. She also examines the way in which Churchill utilizes time and space to create non-linear work that is outside the conservative mainstream of theatre. The work provides an interesting perspective on each of the works, and helps put some of her more inaccessible works into a context that makes them accessible. It did not serve to change my mind, however, that Top Girls has some disturbingly anti-feminist ideas and that the women are highly stereotyped just because Churchill (and this author) do not believe that is the case. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0415345782, Paperback)

One of Europe's greatest playwrights, Caryl Churchill has been internationally celebrated for four decades. She has exploded the narrow definitions of political theatre to write consistently hard-edged and innovative work. Always unpredictable in her stage experiments, her plays have stretched the relationships between form and content, actor and spectator to their limits.

This new critical introduction to Churchill examines her political agendas, her collaborations with other practitioners, and looks at specific production histories of her plays. Churchill's work continues to have profound resonances with her audiences and this book explores her preoccupation with representing such phenomena as capitalism, genocide, environmental issues, identity, psychiatry and mental illness, parenting, violence and terrorism. It includes new interviews with actors and directors of her work, and gathers together source material from her wide-ranging career.

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