Modern Drama by Women 1880s-1930s offers the first direct evidence that women playwrights helped create the movement known as Modern Drama. It contains twelve plays by women from the Americas, Europe and Asia, spanning a national and stylistic range from Swedish realism to Russian symbolism. Six of these plays are appearing in their first English-language translation. Playwrights include: * Anne-Charlotte Leffler Edgren (Sweden) * Amelai Pincherle Rosselli (Italy) * Elsa Berstein (Germany) * Elizabeth Robins (Britain) * Marie Leneru (France) * Alfonsina Storni (Argentina) * Hella Wuolijoki (Finland) * Hasegawa Shigure (Japan) * Rachilde (France) * Zinaida Gippius (Russia) * Djuna Barnes (USA) * Marita Bonner (USA) This groundbreaking anthology explodes the traditional canon. In these plays, the New Woman represents herself and her crises in all of the styles and genres available to the modern dramatist. Unprecedented in diversity and scope, it is a collection which no scholar, student or lover of modern drama can afford to miss.
No other anthologies of Italian women dramatists exist than this. This is a first translation into English of four plays unknown to academic and general public. It includes introductions to each playwright, and critical analysis, historical context and performance history of their plays. It could be used in undergraduate/graduate courses on international women writers in translation, Italian literature, or women's theatre. Books about twentieth-century Italian drama seldom discuss plays by women and when they do very little is written about women dramatists before 1960, even in recent studies of contemporary Italian women's theatre. "Italian Women's Theatre, 1930-1960" redresses this imbalance by providing the first English translation of works by Paola Riccora, Anna Bonacci, Clotilde Masci, and Gici Ganzini Granata. Between 1930 and 1960 these women achieved a high degree of popularity and success, and although their names and works are now largely unknown, even among theatre practitioners and academics, these authors set the stage for the next generation of feminist theatre in the 1970s and for the development of contemporary Italian women's theatre as whole.Following a general introduction the book has four sections, each containing an introduction to the playwright - including biographical information - a translation of one of their major dramatic works, a commentary on the play and the play's performance history, and critical analysis of other works. Translations include: "It Must Have Been Giovannino", "The Fantasy Hour", "The Excluded" and "Men Are Always Right".
Presents alphabetical entries for sixty-one playwrights who wrote from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth century, containing biographical information about the authors and critical assessments of their works.
British theatre from 1900 to 1950 has been subject to radical re-evaluation with plays from the period setting theatres alight and gaining critical acclaim once again; this book explains why, presenting a comprehensive survey of the theatre and how it shaped the work that followed. Rebecca D'Monte examines how the emphasis upon the working class, 'angry' drama from the 1950s has led to the neglect of much of the century's earlier drama, positioning the book as part of the current debate about the relationship between war and culture, the middlebrow, and historiography. In a comprehensive survey of the period, the book considers: - the Edwardian theatre; - the theatre of the First World War, including propaganda and musicals; -the interwar years, the rise of commercial theatre and influence of Modernism; - the theatre of the Second World War and post-war period. Essays from leading scholars Penny Farfan, Steve Nicholson and Claire Cochrane give further critical perspectives on the period's theatre and demonstrate its relevance to the drama of today. For anyone studying 20th-century British Drama this will prove one of the foundational texts.
Release on 2002-01-22 | by David Alderson,Fiona Becket,Scott Brewster,Virginia Crossman
History, Gender and Space
Author: David Alderson,Fiona Becket,Scott Brewster,Virginia Crossman
Category: Literary Collections
Ireland in Proximity surveys and develops the expanding field of Irish Studies, reviewing existing debates within the discipline and providing new avenues for exploration. Drawing on a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches, this impressive collection of essays makes an innovative contribution to three areas of current, and often contentious, debate within Irish Studies. This accessible volume illustrates the diversity of thinking on Irish history, culture and identity. By invoking theoretical perspectives including psychoanalysis, cultural theories of space, postcoloniality and theories of gender and sexual difference, the collection offers fresh perspectives on established subjects and brings new and under-represented areas of critical concern to the fore. Chapter subjects include: * sexuality and gender identities * the historiographical issues surrounding the Famine * the Irish diaspora * theories of space in relation to Ulster and beyond. Contributors inlcude: David Alderson, Aidan Arrowsmith, Caitriona Beaumont, Fiona Becket, Scott Brewster, Dan Baron Cohen, Mary Corcoran, Virginia Crossman, Richard Kirkland, David Lloyd, Patrick McNally, Elisabeth Mahoney, Willy Maley, Shaun Richards, Éibhear Walshe.
Covering the period 1879 to 1959, from Ibsen to Beckett, this book is an examination of the plays, dramatists, and movements that comprise modern world drama. Contains detailed analysis of plays and playwrights and connecting themes. Includes coverage of non-English works and traditions to create a global view of modern drama. Considers the influence of modernism in art, music, literature, architecture, society, and politics on the formation of modern dramatic literature