The Resource The political theatre of David Edgar, Janelle Reinelt, Gerald Hewitt

The political theatre of David Edgar, Janelle Reinelt, Gerald Hewitt

Label
The political theatre of David Edgar
Title
The political theatre of David Edgar
Statement of responsibility
Janelle Reinelt, Gerald Hewitt
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "David Edgar's writings address the most basic questions of how humans organize and govern themselves in modern societies. This study brings together the disciplines of political philosophy and theatre studies to approach the leading British playwright as a political writer and a public social critic. Edgar uses theatre as a powerful tool of public discourse, an aesthetic modality for engaging with and thinking/feeling through the most pressing social issues of the day. In this he is a supreme rationalist: he deploys character, plot and language to explore ideas, to make certain kinds of discursive cases and model hypothetical alternatives. Reinelt and Hewitt analyze twelve of Edgar's most important plays, including Maydays and Pentecost and also provide detailed discussions of key performances and critical reception to illustrate the playwright's artistic achievement in relation to his contributions as a public figure in British cultural life"--
  • "Political Commitment and Performative Practice 'Anybody who used to call themselves a Marxist now has fairly intense self-definitional problems'.- David Edgar (1994) 'He is an optimist who has been around'. - John Peters (1994BIB-174) Of the distinctive voices in the contemporary British theatre, David Edgar's provides the most comprehensive articulation of major political questions. His career spans more than four eventful and politically complex decades, and encompasses every variety of writing for performance including agitprop and touring pieces; community plays; radio, film and television plays; and large-scale plays produced in the major national venues such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. In addition, Edgar has maintained a high profile as a public intellectual, engaging in depth with a wide variety of political issues through newspaper opinion pages, journal essays, and book reviews, as well as via frequent public speaking engagements before a variety of organizations including the Commission on Racial Equality; the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce; the Fabian Society; and the annual Marxism conference"--
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  • Provided by publisher
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Reinelt, Janelle G
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6055.D44
LC item number
Z84 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hewitt, Gerald
Series statement
Cambridge studies in modern theatre.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Edgar, David
  • Edgar, David
  • Edgar, David
  • Political plays, English
  • Politics and literature
  • DRAMA
  • Political plays, English
  • Politics and literature
  • Drama
  • Great Britain
Label
The political theatre of David Edgar, Janelle Reinelt, Gerald Hewitt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: political commitment and performative practice; 2. Intervening in public discourse: Edgar as discursive arbiter; 3. Things fall apart: after ideology in Continental Divide and Maydays; 4. Governing memberships: Destiny, Playing with Fire and Testing the Echo; 5. A legend in your own time: The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Mary Barnes and Albert Speer; 6. Socialism's aftermath: The Shape of the Table, Pentecost and The Prisoner's Dilemma; 7. Conclusion: negotiating retrieval
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 313 pages
Isbn
9780521509688
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010053222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)695683621
  • (OCoLC)ocn695683621
Label
The political theatre of David Edgar, Janelle Reinelt, Gerald Hewitt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: political commitment and performative practice; 2. Intervening in public discourse: Edgar as discursive arbiter; 3. Things fall apart: after ideology in Continental Divide and Maydays; 4. Governing memberships: Destiny, Playing with Fire and Testing the Echo; 5. A legend in your own time: The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Mary Barnes and Albert Speer; 6. Socialism's aftermath: The Shape of the Table, Pentecost and The Prisoner's Dilemma; 7. Conclusion: negotiating retrieval
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 313 pages
Isbn
9780521509688
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010053222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)695683621
  • (OCoLC)ocn695683621

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