Contemporary British Drama, 1970–90: Essays from Modern Drama

Contemporary British Drama, 1970-90
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1. Introduction

This text focuses on the plays produced in England in the last two decades - a period that has received relatively little critical attention. The primary aim of the collection is to celebrate the range of British drama since , by examining the work of 14 important and representative playwrights. This emphasis on range applies not only to the dramatists chosen for inclusion, but to the critics as well - specifically to the diversity of critical methodology demonstrated in their essays, thematic study, reader-response theory, semiotics, structuralism and performance theory. Help Centre.

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Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Almost all of the plays we will study are also available online via Drama Online once you are enrolled at the university -- see the library catalogue. If you do want to buy hard copies, please note that several plays are published both as individual texts and in collected editions e. Check the library catalogue and the bookshop.

In some cases e. Students arc very strongly encouraged to read theatre periodicals in the library to keep up with new developments: n. Craig,Sandy ed. You are also encouraged to read more widely in the works of playwrights who particularly interest you. Several writers are the subject of monographs not listed here: consult the library catalogue. Her other works include a sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence —69 , The Golden Notebook , The Good Terrorist , and a sequence of five science fiction novels the Canopus in Argos : Archives — Indeed, from on a significant number of major writers came from countries that had over the centuries been settled by the British, other than America which had been producing significant writers from at least the Victorian period.

There had of course been a few important works in English prior to from the then British Empire. The first major English-language novelist from the Indian sub-continent , R. Narayan , began publishing in England in the s, encouraged by English novelist Graham Greene.

Twentieth-century English literature

Salman Rushdie is among a number of post Second World War writers from the former British colonies who permanently settled in Britain. His most controversial novel The Satanic Verses , was inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Another important immigrant writer Kazuo Ishiguro born was born in Japan, but his parents immigrated to Britain when he was six. From Nigeria a number of writers have achieved an international reputation for works in English, including novelist Chinua Achebe , who published Things Fall Apart in , as well as playwright Wole Soyinka and novelist Buchi Emecheta.

Other South African writers in English are novelist J. Coetzee Nobel Prize and playwright Athol Fugard. Two Irishmen and an Australian were also winners in the period after novelist and playwright, Samuel Beckett ; poet Seamus Heaney ; Patrick White , a major novelist in this period, whose first work was published in Another noteworthy Australian writer at the end of this period is poet Les Murray. The contemporary Australian novelist Peter Carey born is one of only four writers to have won the Booker Prize twice—the others being J. Farrell , J. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel.

Among Canadian writers who have achieved an international reputation, are novelist and poet Margaret Atwood , poet, songwriter and novelist Leonard Cohen , short story writer Alice Munro , and more recently poet Anne Carson. From into the 21st century, American playwrights, poets and novelists have continued to be internationally prominent.

It is both a continuation of the experimentation championed by writers of the modernist period relying heavily, for example, on fragmentation, paradox, questionable narrators, etc. Postmodern literature, like postmodernism as a whole, is difficult to define and there is little agreement on the exact characteristics, scope, and importance of postmodern literature.

Thompson , Truman Capote and Thomas Pynchon. Agatha Christie — was a crime writer of novels, short stories and plays, who is best remembered for her 80 detective novels as well as her successful plays for the West End theatre. Christie's works, particularly those featuring the detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple , have given her the title "Queen of Crime", and she was one of the most important and innovative writers in this genre. Another popular writer during the Golden Age of detective fiction was Dorothy L. Sayers — Other recent noteworthy writers in this genre are Ruth Rendell , P.

James and Scot Ian Rankin.

Erskine Childers ' The Riddle of the Sands , is an early example of spy fiction. No , Goldfinger , Thunderball , and nine short story works. However, with a rewritten last act, it opened at the New Theatre in London in January The premier of the London production was enthusiastically received by the audience, running performances and enjoying numerous revivals.

The Scarlet Pimpernel became a favourite of London audiences, playing more than 2, performances and becoming one of the most popular shows staged in England to that date. Orczy gained a following of readers in Britain and throughout the world. The popularity of the novel encouraged her to write a number of sequels for her "reckless daredevil" over the next 35 years. The play was performed to great acclaim in France, Italy, Germany and Spain, while the novel was translated into 16 languages. Subsequently, the story has been adapted for television, film, a musical and other media.

The novelist Georgette Heyer created the historical romance genre.

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The Kailyard school of Scottish writers, notably J. Barrie — , creator of Peter Pan , presented an idealised version of society and brought of fantasy and folklore back into fashion. An informal literary discussion group associated with the English faculty at the University of Oxford, were the " Inklings ". Its leading members were the major fantasy novelists; C. Lewis and J. Another significant writer is Alan Garner author of Elidor , while Terry Pratchett is a more recent fantasy writer.

Roald Dahl rose to prominence with his children's fantasy novels , such as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , often inspired by experiences from his childhood, which are notable for their often unexpected endings, and unsentimental, dark humour.

Rowling author of the highly successful Harry Potter series and Philip Pullman famous for his His Dark Materials trilogy are other significant authors of fantasy novels for younger readers. Noted writers in the field of comic books are Neil Gaiman , and Alan Moore ; Gaiman also produces graphic novels. In the later decades of the 20th Century, the genre of science fiction began to be taken more seriously because of the work of writers such as Arthur C.

Another prominent writer in this genre, Douglas Adams , is particularly associated with the comic science fiction work, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , which began life as a radio series in Banks has also achieved a reputation as both a writer of traditional and science fiction novels. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main articles: American literature , Scottish literature , Irish literature , and Welsh literature in English.

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The implication of these proverbs is that they foreshadow the murder of Ogidi and the eventual tragedy of Otagburuagu. In this contemporary fantasy, the grieving biographer of a Victorian fantasist finds himself slipping inexorably into the supernatural world that consumed his subject. Wolfgang Zach and Heinz Kosok. Check the library catalogue and the bookshop. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Scottish writer Muriel Spark pushed the boundaries of realism in her novels.

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