The Cold Facts? Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Truth and the Demise of the Cold War

Geoff Willcocks

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    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBetween Fear and Freedom: Cultural Representations of the Cold War
    EditorsKathleen Starck
    Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne, UK
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4438-1859-9
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

    Bibliographical note

    Author's note: Significance
    This chapter completes the trilogy of chapters (outlined above) that considers the way in which the development of the New Europe post-1989, was reflected in the works of British playwrights. The chapter considers just one play, Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, which was commissioned and written within a matter of months after the events that it depicts occurred. The chapter, drawing on a range of sources considers how the play functions as an implicit discussion of the notion of truth, both in terms of the play’s content as well as within the play’s form.
    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.
    This chapter began life as a paper for the international conference Cultural Representations of the Cold War, Universitat Osnabrück, Germany, in December, 2008. The author was invited to develop the paper for a publication on the same theme. Details of the book can be found at:
    Published with the permission of Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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