Description : An alphabetical listing of plays that have been banned throughout history with a short synopsis and reason for banning as well as profiles of the playwrights and other resource material.
Description : Presents alphabetized entries that discuss civilizations, arts, events, places, and people in world history, from the Algonquin Indians to the Vikings.
Description : The book offers the clearest definition yet of the history play, its scope and its limits. Historical drama is an extremely popular genre among 20th-century English playwrights. Yet the sheer size and complexity of the subject has, until now, prevented critics from attempting a clear definition. Dr. Harben provides a new and original perspective, taking into account modern ideas of and attitudes to history. The author examines the varying approaches to history taken by modern historians and playwrights, and provides a detailed analysis of the historical source material of selected plays. The study is supported with a wealth of vivid and provocative illustrations. Historical and dramatic criticism is related to theatrical interpretation and experience. This book therefore should prove valuable and interesting to the reader with a specialist interest in the field as well as to the more general reader.
Description : A dramatist divided in his life between politics and the theatre, Benn Levy (1900-1973) is the author of more than twenty witty, literate comedies and dramas that span the middle of the twentieth century and are a mirror of the age. In The Plays of Benn Levy, Susan Rusinko arranges the plays chronologically, analyzing them in the context of contemporary dramatists and the influences that shaped their writing - in Levy's case, most notably George Bernard Shaw. Levy's plays reflect interests and styles similar to those of more famous contemporaries such as Noel Coward, James Barrie, and Terence Rattigan. In addition to his stage plays, Levy wrote scripts in the early years of cinema, adapted the plays of continental dramatists, collaborated with other dramatists, directed his plays and those of other playwrights, spent time in America where many of his plays were produced, and lived to help repeal in 1968 the detested theatre-licensing bill, a battle he had begun to fight during his term in Parliament in the late 1940s. The theme of Levy's first stage play, This Woman Business (1925), is the Shavian battle of the sexes, an idea that threads its way through most of his plays and culminates in his Giraudoux-like comic adaptation of the Amazonian adventures of Theseus and Heracles (The Rape of the Belt, 1957) and his last play, a realistic problem play (The Member for Gaza, 1966) which, despite its seeming political topicality, echoes with eerie contemporaneity nearly thirty years later. Levy's plays provide a retrospective on the theatrical currents dominating the English (and American) stages during the middle part of the twentieth century, prior to the English stage revolution begun in l956 with John Osbourne's Look Back in Anger. This book intends to put Levy's plays into that perspective.
Description : “Pages of dreamlike prose explore Estonia’s terrible Nazi-Soviet past, the trauma of dictatorship, and how memory processes that trauma” (The Financial Times). A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year Just like it was taken for granted that houses could be abandoned and slowly decay, so it was taken for granted that people died in prisons, and that it was possible that no-one would really ever know the cause of death. This is the nature of totalitarianism . . . In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR, Sigrid Rausing completed her anthropological fieldwork on the peninsula of Noarootsi, a former Soviet border protection zone in Estonia. Abandoned watch towers dotted the coast line, and the huge fields of the Lenin collective farm were lying fallow, waiting for claims from former owners who had fled war and Soviet and Nazi occupation. Rausing’s conversations with the local people touched on many subjects: the economic privations of post-Soviet existence, the bewildering influx of western products, and the Swedish background of many of them. In Everything Is Wonderful Rausing reflects on history, political repression, and the story of the minority Swedes in the area. Here she tells her story of what she observed as she lived and worked among the villagers—witnessing their transition from repression to freedom, and from Soviet neglect to post-Soviet austerity. “A delicate, precise, and richly informative memoir of a forgotten Europe and a vanished world.” —Timothy Garton Ash
Description : The contributors to this volume treat pluralism as a concept that is historically and ideologically produced or, put another way, as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique considers how religious difference is framed as a problem that only pluralism can solve. Working comparatively across nations and disciplines, the essays in After Pluralism explore pluralism as a "term of art" that sets the norms of identity and the parameters of exchange, encounter, and conflict. Contributors locate pluralism's ideals in diverse sites Broadway plays, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and legal theories and demonstrate its shaping of political and social interaction in surprising and powerful ways. Throughout, they question assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its influence on the legal decisions that shape modern religious practice. Contributors do more than deconstruct this theory; they tackle what comes next. Having established the genealogy and effects of pluralism, they generate new questions for engaging the collective worlds and multiple registers in which religion operates.
Description : Focusing on the intersection of literature and politics since the beginning of the 20th century, this book examines authors, historical figures, major literary and political works, national literatures, and literary movements to reveal the intrinsic links between literature and history. • Covers numerous authors from around the world ranging from the beginning of the 20th century to the modern era • Enables students to better understand literary works central to the curriculum by considering them in their political contexts • Helps readers to use literature in order to learn about modern political and social issues across cultures and better appreciate the political significance of contemporary writings • Contains a number of "gateway" entries that survey entire national literatures, thereby giving readers an introduction to the authors who are important within those literatures • Assists students in evaluating rhetorical strategies and political views, thus fostering critical thinking in support of the Common Core State Standards
Description : Reflections on the late Arthur Miller from over seventy writers, actors, directors and friends, with 'Arthur Miller Remembers', an interview with the writer from 1995. Following his death in February 2005, newspapers were filled with tributes to the man regarded by many as the greatest playwright of the twentieth century. Published as a celebration and commemoration of his life, Part I of Remembering Arthur Miller is a collection of over seventy specially commissioned pieces from writers, actors, directors and friends, providing personal, critical and professional commentary on the man who gave the theatre such timeless classics as All my Sons, A View from the Bridge, The Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible. Contributors read like a Who's Who of theatre, film and literature: Edward Albee, Alan Ayckbourn, Brian Cox, Richard Eyre, Joseph Fiennes, Nadine Gordimer, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Mitchell, Harold Pinter, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Stoppard, to name but a few. Part II, 'Arthur Miller Remembers', is an in-depth and wide-ranging interview conducted with Miller in 1995. Bigsby's expertise and Miller's candour produce a wonderfully insightful commentary and analysis both of Miller's life and the life of twentieth century America. It covers Miller's upbringing in Harlem, the Depression, marriage to Marilyn Monroe, post-war America, being sentenced to prison by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956, and his presidency of the writer's organisation, PEN International. The discourse also provides a commentary on and analysis of his many plays andMiller's reflections on the Amercian theatre.
Description : This volume makes a seminal contribution to an field at the intersection of literary and cultural criticism, comparative literature, and theatre as well as translation studies. From a broad variety of perspectives the exchange between drama and theatre of the Anglophone and the Germanophone worlds and their mutual influence are explored.