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Staging Motherhood : British Women Playwrights, 1956 to the Present

By: Komporaly, Jozefina, Dr.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006Description: 1 online resource (224 p.).ISBN: 9780230598485.Subject(s): English drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism | English drama -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Feminism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Motherhood in literature | Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Staging Motherhood : British Women Playwrights, 1956 to the PresentDDC classification: 822.9109928 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Rethinking Motherhood: Instances of Proto-Feminism; 2 Irreversible Choice: Female Professional Success; 3 Challenging the Bond: Mothers versus Daughters; 4 Daughters as Mothers: The Teenager as Potential Parent; 5 Maternal Desire Against the Odds; 6 Alternative Dramaturgies: Rewriting the Maternal Body; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Focusing on post-1956 British women playwrights, this book questions to what extent transformations in women''s lives have impacted on theatre. Contributing to a range of discourses, including gender studies, cultural studies and theatre and performance studies, this timely volume is crucial to our understanding of women''s drama in this period.
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Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Rethinking Motherhood: Instances of Proto-Feminism; 2 Irreversible Choice: Female Professional Success; 3 Challenging the Bond: Mothers versus Daughters; 4 Daughters as Mothers: The Teenager as Potential Parent; 5 Maternal Desire Against the Odds; 6 Alternative Dramaturgies: Rewriting the Maternal Body; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Focusing on post-1956 British women playwrights, this book questions to what extent transformations in women''s lives have impacted on theatre. Contributing to a range of discourses, including gender studies, cultural studies and theatre and performance studies, this timely volume is crucial to our understanding of women''s drama in this period.

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CHOICE Review

Komporaly (DeMontfort Univ., UK) has written a thoughtful, insightful analysis that examines the juxtaposition of feminism and motherhood and how post-WW II British theater addressed these issues. The six chapters look at a wide range of issues including the tension between motherhood and a career, the relationships between mothers and daughters, the difficulty of being a parent, and the personal choices one makes in raising a child. The study considers some of the most important feminist voices from English theater, including Shelagh Delaney, Doris Lessing, Maureen Duffy, and Caryl Churchill. Among the more important plays examined are Delaney's A Taste of Honey, Lessing's Play with a Tiger, and Churchill's Top Girls. In assessing these plays and others, Komporaly offers an interesting overview of the changing face of feminism and the concept of motherhood. She does not shy away from entering the debate between feminists who see theater as an art form and those who use theater as a forum to discuss political viewpoints. One of this study's many strengths is the author's analysis of the social and political attitudes of the time and their impact on the writers of these plays. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. M. D. Whitlatch Buena Vista University

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JOZEFINA KOMPORALY is a Lecturer in the School of English and Performance Studies at De Montfort University, UK.

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