This is the first volume of collected essays by some of the leading scholars in their field, providing a comprehensive approach to the body of work she produced in this brief period.
Author: Lauren De Vos
Publisher: Manchester University Press
From the controversy in 1995 that heralded Blasted, to her death in February 1999, Sarah Kane built a reputation as an established playwright of international stature. This is the first volume of collected essays by some of the leading scholars in their field, providing a comprehensive approach to the body of work she produced in this brief period. Essays included cover the political, literary, and theatrical identities that have exerted influence on Kane’s work, as well as a discussion and assessment of her innovative theatrical experiments and the performative issues that arise from within the plays. Sarah Kane in Context examines one of the most controversial and influential dramatists who emerged during the "In-Yer Face" generation of British dramatists in the 1990s and provides an essential guide to Kane for students and scholars alike.
Departing from a refreshing look at the ideas of Antonin Artaud, this book provides a thorough analysis of how both Sarah Kane and Samuel Beckett are indebted to his legacy.
Author: Laurens De Vos
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson
Departing from a refreshing look at the ideas of Antonin Artaud, this book provides a thorough analysis of how both Sarah Kane and Samuel Beckett are indebted to his legacy. In juxtaposing these playwrights, De Vos minutely points out how both in their own way struggle with coming to terms with Artaud. A key concept in Lacanian psychoanalytic theories, desire lies at the root of the Theatre of Cruelty; Kane and Beckett prove that desire and cruelty are inextricably linked to one another, but that they appear in radically different disguises. Relying on Kane and Beckett, this book not only sheds a light on the precise intentions behind Artaud's project, it also maps out the structural parallels and dichotomies between the Theatre of Cruelty and the literary genre of tragedy.
Context. Introduction This chapter is an introduction to the study of Sarah Kane's
Blasted. It explains why the play is important, gives a sketch ofits author's life and
discusses the social, economic and political background to the play. Blasted ...
Author: Helen Iball
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Blasted has been labelled as one of the landmark plays of post-war British theatre, achieving its iconic status and, indeed, its notoriety, very quickly. Sarah Kane's suicide in 1999 consolidated a process of singling-out that had begun four years earlier with the 'national outrage' initiated by the media's scandalised response to the premiere of Blasted. The brutal content of the play resulted in much-quoted hostility from the critics. Academic attention to the play has begun a process of re-evaluation, debating the production and reception of the play and key issues including its status as a classic example of 'in-yer-face' drama. This guide provides a comprehensive critical introduction to Blasted, giving students an overview of the play's significance, a brief biography of Sarah Kane and a guide to socio-political background; a detailed analysis of the play's structure, style and characters; an analysis of key production issues and choices; an overview of key productions from the 1995 Royal Court premiere to today; and a chapter exploring possibilities and exercises for practical work on the play. An annotated guide to further reading highlights key secondary material including useful websites.
H. Chute, “Victim, Perpetrator, Bystander: Critical Distance in Sarah Kane's
Theatre of Cruelty,” Sarah Kane in Context, 167. A. Sierz, “'Looks like there's a
war on': Sarah Kane's Blasted, Political Theatre and the Muslim Other,” Sarah
Kane in ...
Author: David Krasner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
A History of Modern Drama: Volume II explores a remarkable breadth of topics and analytical approaches to the dramatic works, authors, and transitional events and movements that shaped world drama from 1960 through to the dawn of the new millennium. Features detailed analyses of plays and playwrights, examining the influence of a wide range of writers, from mainstream icons such as Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, to more unorthodox works by Peter Weiss and Sarah Kane Provides global coverage of both English and non-English dramas – including works from Africa and Asia to the Middle East Considers the influence of art, music, literature, architecture, society, politics, culture, and philosophy on the formation of postmodern dramatic literature Combines wide-ranging topics with original theories, international perspective, and philosophical and cultural context Completes a comprehensive two-part work examining modern world drama, and alongside A History of Modern Drama: Volume I, offers readers complete coverage of a full century in the evolution of global dramatic literature.
Cruel Britannia: Sarah Kane's Postmodern Traumatics examines four plays by British playwright Sarah Kane (1971-1999), written between 1995 and 1999 within the context of the «Cool Britannia», movement, examining Kane's plays through an ...
Author: Jolene Armstrong
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
<I>Cruel Britannia: Sarah Kane's Postmodern Traumatics examines four plays by British playwright Sarah Kane (1971-1999), all written between 1995 and 1999 within the context of the Cool Britannia, or In-Yer-Face London theatre movement of the 1990s. Kane's plays were notorious for their shocking productions and challenging and offensive subject matter. This book analyzes her plays as products of a long history of theatrical convention and experimentation, rather than trend. I read Kane's plays through an optic of trauma theory, and link the trauma to postmodern experience as defined by war, inter-personal violence, repetitive memory, and sex as medium of violence. Kane's plays' unrelenting violence and graphic depictions of violent sex suggest a relationship with theories and practices such as Artaud's theatre of cruelty, and Kroker and Cook's theory of the postmodern as sign of excremental culture and an inherently abject state of being. Through a play by play analysis I conclude that Kane's work suggests that violence and trauma are endemic to postmodern life, and are ultimately apocalyptic due to their culmination in Kane's final play, the suicide text of <I>4.48 Psychosis.
This book examines British playwrights' responses to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries since 1945, from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Sarah Kane’s Blasted and Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.
Author: Graham Saunders
This book examines British playwrights' responses to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries since 1945, from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Sarah Kane’s Blasted and Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. Using the work of Julie Sanders and others working in the fields of Adaptation Studies and intertextual criticism, it argues that this relatively neglected area of drama, widely considered to be adaptation, should instead be considered as appropriation - as work that often mounts challenges to the ideologies and orthodoxies within Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and questions the legitimacy and cultural authority of Shakespeare’s legacy. The book discusses the work of Howard Barker, Peter Barnes, Edward Bond, Howard Brenton, David Edgar, Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group, David Greig, Sarah Kane, Dennis Kelly, Bernard Kopps, Charles Marowitz, Julia Pascal and Arnold Wesker.
Print. Briggs, Jean L. Never in Anger: Portrait ofan Eskimo Family. Cambridge,
MA: Harvard UP, 1970. Print. Campbell, Peter A. “Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love:
Staging the Implacable.” Sarah Kane in Context. Ed. Laurens de Vos and
Author: Joel Faflak
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity. The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.
I will conclude this introduction with a few brief remarks about the play's social
and political context. Kane belonged to a generation of playwrights who first
made their mark in the midto-late 1990s in the UK. This group includes writers
such as ...
Author: Glenn D'Cruz
"Everything passes/Everything perishes/Everything palls" – 4.48 Psychosis How on earth do you award aesthetic points to a 75-minute suicide note? The question comes from a review of 4.48 Psychosis’ inaugural production, the year after Sarah Kane took her own life, but this book explores the ways in which it misses the point. Kane’s final play is much more than a bizarre farewell to mortality. It’s a work best understood by approaching it first and foremost as theatre – as a singular component in a theatrical assemblage of bodies, voices, light and energy. The play finds an unexpectedly close fit in the established traditions of modern drama and the practices of postdramatic theatre. Glenn D’Cruz explores this theatrical angle through a number of exemplary professional and student productions with a focus on the staging of the play by the Belarus Free Theatre (2005) and Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre (2007).
This Student Edition of Sarah Kane's seminal play Blasted features expert and helpful annotation and is an accessible guide for anyone studying or performing the play.
Author: Sarah Kane
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
This Student Edition of Sarah Kane's seminal play Blasted features expert and helpful annotation and is an accessible guide for anyone studying or performing the play. This includes a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well a list of suggested reading, questions for further study and a review of performance history. In 1995 Sarah Kane's first full-length play Blasted sent shockwaves throughout the theatrical world. Making front-page headlines, the play outraged critics with its depiction of rape, torture and violence in civil war. At its debut Blasted was roundly condemned by theatre critics like the Daily Mail who decried it as a "disgusting feast of filth". Today, however, this play is considered a seminal work of European theatre and has defined an era of stage writing. Blasted's canonical status reflects the raw beauty and terror of Kane's writing. Probing the brutality people inflict upon one another, the suffering and violation, the play also looks at the role of love and the redemption it offers. Unafraid to delve into darkness, this is a provocative, fragmenting piece full of significance and power.
Blasted; Phaedra's Love; Cleansed; Crave; 4.48 Psychosis; Skin Sarah Kane.
letters A, B, M and C. The voices speak without concrete context and there is only
the most fragmentary hint of a narrative. The voices describe their desires, ...
Author: Sarah Kane
Publisher: A&C Black
This volume contains the complete collection of Sarah Kane's plays, including "Blasted"; "Phaedra's Love"; "Cleansed"; "Crave"; "4.48 Psychosis"; and "Skin".
Adorno and Modern Theatre explores the drama of Edward Bond, David Rudkin, Howard Barker and Sarah Kane in the context of the work of leading philosopher Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969).
Author: K. Gritzner
Adorno and Modern Theatre explores the drama of Edward Bond, David Rudkin, Howard Barker and Sarah Kane in the context of the work of leading philosopher Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969). The book engages with key principles of Adorno's aesthetic theory and cultural critique and examines their influence on a generation of seminal post-war dramatists.
Introduction Few plays cause as much controversy as Sarah Kane's Blasted,
which became the flagship of Britain's innovative ... The play will also be put into
context, in this case, into the context of In-Yer-Face Theatre, before some
Author: Jakub Duch
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Hamburg (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), language: English, abstract: One of Britain's most notorious plays of the 1990s, Sarah Kane's "Blasted" shocked the public and critics alike due to its graphic depiction of death and violence. Beneath this surface lies, however, a carefully thought out representation of trauma and its effects on the human soul. This paper explores the links between trauma theory and Kane's most famous work.
Here , Ken Urban examines the emergence of this kind of theatre within the
cultural context of ' cool Britannia ' and suggests that the plays of writers such as
Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Kane explore the possibilities of cruelty and nihilism
as a ...
Author: Simon Trussler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet.
Although the work of dramatists such as Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill initially attracted the most critical and academic attention, Patrick Marber's Closer had long West End and Broadway runs.
Author: Graham Saunders
Publisher: A&C Black
Closer emerged as one of the most successful plays of the 1990s, and one with a continuing afterlife through the academy award nominated film adaptation in 2004. Although the work of dramatists such as Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill initially attracted the most critical and academic attention, Patrick Marber's Closer had long West End and Broadway runs. The play has since gone on to repeat this success in over 30 other countries.
A growing cynicism and political evasiveness engendered a different structure of
feeling, which in turn provided the context for the 'in-yerface' theatre of Sarah
Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Anthony Neilson, and others. Amelia Howe Kritzer has ...
Author: R. Darren Gobert
Publisher: A&C Black
The Theatre of Caryl Churchill documents and analyses the major plays and productions of one of Britain's greatest and most innovative playwrights. Drawing on hundreds of never-before-seen archival sources from the US and the UK, it provides an essential guide to Churchill's groundbreaking work for students and theatregoers. Each chapter illuminates connections across plays and explores major scripts alongside unpublished and unfinished projects. Each considers the rehearsal room, the stage, and the printed text. Each demonstrates how Churchill has pushed the boundaries of dramatic aesthetics while posing urgent political and theoretical questions. But since each maps Churchill's work in a different way, each deploys a different reading practice - for many approaches are necessary to characterise such a restlessly imaginative and prolific career. Through its five interlocking parts, The Theatre of Caryl Churchill tells a story about the playwright, her work, and its place in contemporary drama.
This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the language of drama, the depiction of mental illness, and in the wider place of madness as a concept within society.
Author: Femi Oyebode
Publisher: RCPsych Publications
Madness at the Theatre studies the theatrical representation of madness from the classical Greek period through to the 21st century. Professor Oyebode charts the portrayal of madness by the world's great playwrights across the centuries and argues that whereas acts of madness are described but unseen in Greek drama, Shakespeare brought these behaviours to centre stage. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries aberrant behaviour was portrayed in domestic settings by Ibsen - theatrical madness became a family drama. Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill drew on their own families for their explorations of madness and addiction. Pinter's masterful use of the ambiguity of language finds strong echoes in the psychiatric clinic. Soyinka emphasised the social context - the personal malady as reflection of a greater malaise in society. Finally, Sarah Kane created plays that were the physical embodiment of her inner world. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the language of drama, the depiction of mental illness, and in the wider place of madness as a concept within society.
... American values in the sense of a postmodern iconoclasm. If we look at the two
dolls' outburst. 1cf. for example Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking and the
plays of Sarah Kane. 2Of special interest in this context are Johns' series with 2.
Author: Peter Brüstle
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,3, University of Freiburg (Institut für Nordamerikastudien), course: Modern and Postmodern American Drama, 25 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: It was then that began our extensive travels all over the states. To any other type of tourist accommodation I soon grew to prefer the Functional Motel - clean, neat, safe nooks, ideal places for sleep, argument, reconciliation, insatiable, illicit love. (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita) In her very recent dissertation Kerstin Schmidt describes van Itallie’s plays as being among the “most innovative theatrical forms to have been developed in the second half of the 20th century” (87). Motel, one of his most aggressive plays, has not lost its significance more than 40 years after its first performance. As in the 1960s, its mixture of violence, political satire and theatrical innovation is still of relevance to present-day audiences. A similar combination of postmodern violence, commodity-fetishism and crisis of identity has for example been adopted by the British “inyerface-theatre” of the 1990s 1 . As far as literary criticism is concerned, there have been publications by three significant authors on Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Motel. The most profound are Gene A. Plunka’s writings in which he works out the influence of Jean Artaud’s The Theater and its Double on van Itallie’s plays and especially on Motel. Another informative contribution have been Herbert Grabes’ two essays on the possibilities of social critique and on myth and myth destruction in Motel. Only lately, Kerstin Schmidt, in her dissertation has contributed to a new critical discussion of the America Hurrah-trilogy in the context of postmodern theory. All three authors interpret the two dolls’ destructive behavior as impersonations of America’s latent aggression and as advent of a “posthumanist culture” (Schmidt, 125) the 1960s. While Plunka praises Motel for its sharp-wittedness, Grabes questions the ability of the play, to criticize existing social conditions. Especially does he condemn the play for its “Spenglerian Determinism”. Kerstin Schmidt’s approach on the other hand opens new aspects on “Motel” with her focus on the representation of the postmodern sense of identity in the play. Altogether however, the authors agree that “Man doll” and “Woman doll” symbolize the self-destructive forces within American society. Hence, they see the two dolls not so much as active agents but as passive victims of postmodern American society. From this perspective, the play must be read as a dark satire on American society, which hardly leaves any hope for social change. [...]
Contents Editors ' Note ix Abbreviations xi A Chronology of Sarah Kane ' s Work
and Significant Productions xiii A ... Historical and Cultural Context 12 Kane ' s
Career in Context 16 STANFORD BRABIES 2 Kane on Kane : A Digest of ...
Author: Graham Saunders
In About Kane, Graham Saunders offers an important study of one of the most controversial and talented playwrights of recent times. His survey includes a concise biography, in-depth analysis of Sarah Kane's work, and interviews with Kane and those who helped to put her work on stage. With Kane's reputation still growing, this book is an essential guide for the student and theatregoer.