|Title of host publication||Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama|
|Editors||Nadine Holdsworth, Mary Luckhurst|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|ISBN (Print)||ebook 9780470766125, 9781405130530|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
Bibliographical noteAuithor's note: Significance
This chapter, the opening chapter of Blackwell’s Concise Companion to British and Irish Drama, represents the first sustained publication to consider how the development of the ‘New Europe’ from 1989 until the uneasy conclusion of the Balkan Conflict in the late 1990s, was reflected in the output of British playwrights. The chapter offers the chance to view a selection of the most significant works in this period and to consider them as a coherent collective, although each play approaches its thematic and subject matter in a very different ways. This chapter therefore, offers a cultural reference point for British culture, European culture and as well as European history.
The chapter employs the methodology of close textual analysis within the theoretical framework of historicism. In addition much use is made of a rigorous historical and political contextualisation in order to facilitate the work’s analytical and interpretive framework.
As mentioned above, this work is the first to engage in this level of collective analysis of the works under consideration. It also contains original interview material.
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