Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" - Modern Theatre Guides (Hardback)
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Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" - Modern Theatre Guides (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 13/03/2008
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Accessible informative critical introduction to Caryl Churchill's classic modern play, "Top Girls".Caryl Churchill is widely considered one of the most innovative playwrights to have emerged in post-war British theatre. Identified as a socialist feminist writer, she is one of the few British women playwrights to have been incorporated into the dramatic canon. "Top Girls" is one of Churchill's most well known and often studied works, using an all female cast to critique bourgeois feminism during the Thatcher era.This guide provides a comprehensive critical introduction to "Top Girls", giving students an overview of the background and context for the play; detailed analysis of the its structure, style and characters; a practical analysis of key production issues and choices; an overview of the performance history focusing on key productions; and an annotated guide to further reading highlighting key critical approaches. It includes new interpretations of the text in the light of Churchill's recent playwriting and intervening shifts in the political landscape.It offers accessible, informative critical introductions to modern plays for students in both Theatre/Performance Studies and English. Offering up-to-date coverage of a broad range of key plays throughout modern drama, the guides includes accounts of performance history, production analysis, screen adaptations and summaries of important critical approaches and debates.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826495556
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Briefly reviewed in the Year's work in English Studies journal, vol 89, No. 1 'The book provides intelligent readings of key scenes from the play and useful cultural and political background, as well as the changing critical views that this landmark play has elicited during a period of over twenty years'
"A comprehensive and insightful approach...Tycer's commentary and analysis; reception and production histories, and practical ideas for understanding the play combine to persuade and to explicate Top Girls as 'still without significant equal in the feminist or mainstream canons'" - Professor Elaine Aston, Lancaster University, UK

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