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Caryl Churchill’s 21st Century Poetics: Theatre form and feminism from far away to Ding Dong the Wicked

Caryl Churchill’s 21st Century Poetics: Theatre form and feminism from far away to Ding Dong the Wicked

Derbyshire, Henry (2016) Caryl Churchill’s 21st Century Poetics: Theatre form and feminism from far away to Ding Dong the Wicked. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 4 (2). pp. 367-384. ISSN 2195-0164 (Online) (doi:10.1515/jcde-2016-0021)

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Abstract

This article considers the six 21st century plays Caryl Churchill has written up to 2012: Far Away, A Number, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, Seven Jewish Children, Love and Information and Ding Dong the Wicked. It considers each in relation to the vision of feminist theatre offered in Sue-Ellen Case's classic 1998 study Feminism and Theatre to consider how far the aims and values of second wave feminism remain evident in Churchill’s 21st century work. Through this discussion the article attempts to more sharply define the formal characteristics of each play and their relationship to its subject matter, and to place this discussion in the context of contemporary notions of the 'post-feminist' and of 'feminist residue'. It is one of the first scholarly considerations of Love and Information and Ding Dong the Wicked, both first performed in 2012.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Caryl Churchill; Feminism; Contemporary playwriting
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15294

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