The Political Theatre of David Edgar
Negotiation and Retrieval
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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.Read more
- Presents an in-depth reading of Edgar's work through contemporary politics and political theory, giving a nuanced approach to theatre in relation to the public sphere
- Looks not only at the plays but also at Edgar as a public intellectual intervening in debates and operating professionally and politically within British culture
- Affords careful attention to the plays themselves, while embedding them within their contemporary context and performance history
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"Janelle Reinelt and Gerald Hewitt's meticulously researched and clearly argued book offers a timely and refreshing way of looking at a dramatist whose socially committed work over four decades has established him as one of the most accomplished and influential political playwrights in Britain."
02nd Apr 2014 by Aha
the political theater of david edgar is a good book for readers and researchers
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- Date Published: December 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139118842
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
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.
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