English Drama Since 1940 considers the bids of successive post-war dramatists to find language and images of remorseless disclosure, appropriate to the public manifestation of sensed crisis and the interrogation of the ideal of renewal. This book introduces the period and its discourse whilst redefining them, to give proper consideration to developments of themes, styles, concerns and contexts from the 80s to the present. The book offers succinct and analytical introductions to the work of 60 dramatists, whilst arguing for (re)appraisal of many dates critical perspectives, in order to stimulate further argument in the field.
INTRODUCTION: HOW SHOULD WE LIVE? 1. 1940-56: RECONCILIATION AND DISSOCIATION 2. OUT OF 1956: A RISING GENERATION 3. BECKETT AND PINTER: TERMINAL CONTRACTIONS OF (IN) CONSEQUENCE 4. OUT OF THE 1950's AND 1960's: WHOSE IS THE KINGDOM? 5. BOND: BLIND POWER 6. SUBVERSION AND CONCILLIATION: COMEDY FROM THE 1960's TO THE 7. OUT OF THE 1970's AND 1980's: RAGE AT A BLOCKED AGE: FOUR ODYSSEYS 8. MELTING THE BOUNDARIES: NEW EXPRESSIONISM FROM THE 1970's TO THE 1990's 9. IRISH DRAMA: TWILIGHTS AND TIGERS 10. FROM THE 1980's TO THE 1990's: TRAPPED ENOUGH TO BELONG 11. BARKER: APPALLING ENHANCEMENTS 12. A BLASTED F£££ing DIFFERENCE?: THE 1990's AND BEYOND THE BIG ZEROS