The Death of the Playwright?: Modern British Drama and Literary Theory

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This volume contains nine essays which debate issues arising from contemporary literary theory in relation to drama of the modern period. The authors propose new theoretical approaches to recent drama which derive from post-structuralism, semiotics, feminism, Bakhtinian theory and psychoanalysis. The essays range over much of the canonical drama which has been subjected to literary approaches and suggest ways of re-reading well-known texts. The introduction examines the playwright's authority over textual meaning and surveys existing work which relates theory and drama. The playwrights discussed include Ann Jellicoe, Alan Bleasdale, Jill Hyem and Anne Valery, Shelagh Delaney, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Howard Brenton, Howard Barker, John McGrath, Joe Orton, Caryl Churchill, Trevor Griffiths and David Hare.