Cool Britannia? British Political Drama in the 1990s

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  • Copyright: 2007-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The 1990s were a defining moment for British theatre history. Drawing on new research and existing studies, this is a readable introduction to the variety of evolving and often contradictory styles of political drama that emerged during this decade. Cool Britannia creates a broad critical framework for approaching the drama of this period, examining both the work of established playwrights as well as the so-called 'In-Yer-Face' generation of young writers. Comprehensive and engaging, this invaluable volume: analyses a wide range of dramatists, from Pinter, Hare and Churchill to Kane, Greig and Ravenhill, explores central themes, including: the impact of capitalism and globalization; cultural politics and issues of nationhood; constructions of gender and race, draws on leading scholars to interrogate and move beyond already received views from this significant period of theatre history. This much needed and wide-ranging introduction to the period is essential for all those interested in studying Contemporary British Theatre. Book jacket.

Author Biography

GRAHAM SAUNDERS is a lecturer in drama at Lancaster University. He is author of 'Love Me or Kill Me': Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes, and has published a number of articles on contemporary British and Irish drama for the journals Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly, Journal of Beckett Studies and Theatre Research International

REBECCA D'MONTÉ is senior lecturer in Drama at the University of the West of England. She is co-editor of Literary Visions and Cultural Realities: Female Communities 1660-1800 (Macmillan, 2000) and is currently writing a book on popular women dramatists, 1930-1960.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Contributorsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
In-yer-face theatre: a reconsideration
Introduction to part ip. 19
'We all need stories': the politics of in-yer-face theatrep. 23
Cruel britanniap. 38
Harold pinter and poetic politicsp. 56
Thatcherism and (post-)feminism
Introduction to part iip. 71
Thatcher's children: alienation and anomie in the plays of judy uptonp. 79
Middle-class aspirations and black women's mental (ill) health in zindika's leonora's dance, and bonnie greer's munda negra and dancing on blackwaterp. 96
A good night out, for the girlsp. 114
Nation, devolution and globalization
Introduction to part iiip. 133
'Mapping the territory': modern Scottish dramap. 143
'The net and the self: colliding views of individuality and nationhood in the pre-devolutionary plays of mark Jenkins and ed thomasp. 158
A legacy of violence: representing loyalism in the plays of gary mitchellp. 176
'Because it feels fucking amazing': recent british drama and bodily mutilationp. 192
Rough theatrep. 208
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 239
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