Maurus Roller, Kerstin Frank, Caroline Lusin

Finance, Terror, and Science on Stage

Current Public Concerns in 21st-Century British Drama
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This collection of essays examines the contribution of British plays to key social, political, and intellectual debates since 2000. It explores some of the most pressing concerns that have dominated the public discourse in Britain in the last decade, focusing on their representation in dramatic texts. Each essay provides an in-depth analysis of one play, assessing its particular contribution to the debate in question. The book aims to show how contemporary drama has developed unique ways to present the complexities and ambiguities of certain issues with aesthetic as well as emotional appeal.
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This collection of essays examines the specific contribution of British plays to key social, political, and intellectual debates since the year 2000. It explores some of the most pressing and productive concerns that have dominated the public discourse in Britain within the last decade, focusing on their representation in dramatic texts. Following a general introduction to the topic addressed, each essay provides an in-depth analysis of one play, assessing its particular contribution to the debate in question. Rather than offering a comprehensive survey of dramatic forms and authors, the book aims to show how contemporary British drama has developed unique ways to voice certain issues, such as money, the role of science, poverty, religion, terrorism, and others, presenting their complexities and ambiguities with aesthetic as well as emotional appeal.

Inhalt:
Kerstin Frank and Caroline Lusin
Introduction: Current Debates and British Drama since 2000
I. Politics
Merle Tönnies
Still / Again ‘Political’? New Approaches to Questioning Power
in Mike Bartlett’s 13 (2011)
Peter Paul Schnierer
Immigration as Farce: Richard Bean’s
England People Very Nice (2009)
Ariane de Waal
Expel, Exploit, Exfoliate: Taking on Terror in
Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat (2007)
II. Finance and Austerity
Caroline Lusin
Surviving Boom and Bust: Finance, Responsibility,
and the State of the World in Nicholas Pierpan’s
You Can Still Make a Killing (2012)
Annika Gonnermann
Homo Homini Rhino Est: April De Angelis’ Wild East (2005)
and the Deconstruction of Responsibility in Corporate Culture
Dorothee Birke
The 'Underclass' Talks Back: Poverty and Homelessness in
Nadia Fall’s Home (2013)
III. Science and Technology
Christine Schwanecke
Data Streams, Post-Human Lives, and (Virtual) Realities:
Jules Horne’s Gorgeous Avatar (2006)
Maurus Roller
A Critical Review of Science: Caryl Churchill’s A Number (2002),
Individual Identity, and Human Cloning
Stefan Glomb
“No View from Nowhere”: Science, Freedom,
and Determinism in Nick Payne’s Incognito (2014)
IV. Cultural Identity
Lisa Schwander
Re-Visiting the British Empire: Neo-Victorian Perspectives on
Multicultural Britain in Tanika Gupta’s The Empress (2013)
Kerstin Frank
Defusing Stereotypes with Comedy: Conflicting Afro-Caribbean
British Identities and Urban Street Culture in Bola Agbaje’s
Gone Too Far! (2007)
Abir Al-Laham
Apple Stores and Jihadi Brides: Hassan Abdulrazzak’s
Love, Bombs and Apples (2016) and the Role of Religion in
Contemporary British Society

Autoreninformation:
Dr. Kerstin Frank habilitiert in englischer Literaturwissenschaft an der Universität Heidelberg.

Prof. Dr. Caroline Lusin ist Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls Anglistik II (Anglistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft) an der Universität Mannheim.

Mehr Informationen
ISBN 978-3-8233-9142-5
EAN 9783823391425
Bibliographie 1. Auflage
Seiten 275
Format eBook PDF
Ausgabename 18142-2
Verlag Gunter Narr Verlag
Herausgeber Kerstin Frank, Caroline Lusin
Autor Maurus Roller
Erscheinungsdatum 20.04.2021