Skip navigation

“Four-square behind the sputum”: dramatic form, female characters and implacable politics in Restoration and Summer

“Four-square behind the sputum”: dramatic form, female characters and implacable politics in Restoration and Summer

Derbyshire, Henry (2019) “Four-square behind the sputum”: dramatic form, female characters and implacable politics in Restoration and Summer. In: Nicholas, Susana, (ed.) Edward Bond's Female Characters. Peter Lang. (In Press)

[img] PDF (Author Accepted Book Chapter)
17161 DERBYSHIRE_Four_Square_Behind_the_Sputum_2018.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (436kB) | Request a copy

Abstract

Restoration (1981) and Summer (1982) both see Edward Bond take on familiar theatrical forms only to subvert them for his own ends. The former draws on and reworks elements of the post-Restoration comedy of manners, while the latter bears a striking but ultimately superficial resemblance to a conventional Naturalistic drama in the mode of Ibsen. In both plays, Bond uses his adopted form to explore highly characteristic themes relating to social justice and historical restitution. Significantly, he also expresses some of the strongest ideas in each play through female characters. Like the men, the women in these plays are products of their social and political environment, representatives of their class or values, but in the case of three significant characters they also embody the play’s proposals as to how to move towards a more just future. Accordingly, in this chapter I combine a focus on the plays’ political arguments, and in particular the challenge they present to mainstream audiences, with an exploration of their presentation of gender.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: To be published in a forthcoming collection of essays on female characters in the plays of Edward Bond, edited by Susana Nicolas of the University of Almeria.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Edward Bond, Restoration, Summer, Caryl Churchill, Sarah Kane
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Literature & Drama Research Group
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 16:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT c
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17161

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics