Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 October 2001

224 Pages | 5 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719057229

Bookseller Code (06)


Drama + threory

Critical approaches

Peter Buse

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Energetically places modern British drama and contemporary critical and cultural theory in dialogue, demonstrating how theory allows fresh insights into familiar plays
  • Each chapter pairs a well-known play from the post-war period with a classic theory text, the theoretical text is not simply applied to the dramatic one: instead, the play and the theoretical text reflect on each other in a mutual illumination
  • Examples include:
  • So Look Back in Anger is read by and reads Lacan's Signification of the Phallus
  • Pinter's The Homecoming is made uncanny with Freud
  • Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead finds affinities with Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition
  • Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good agrees and disagrees with Edward Said
  • Sarah Kane's Blasted thinks through trauma with Shoshana Felman
  • In each case, the theoretical position is explained lucidly and economically
  • The result is a series of new interpretations not only of the plays, but of the theoretical texts, which take on new relevance when linked with modern British drama
  • The first textbook of its kind, linking contemporary drama with critical and cultural theory

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