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The Resource History as theatrical metaphor : history, myth and national identities in modern Scottish drama, Ian Brown

History as theatrical metaphor : history, myth and national identities in modern Scottish drama, Ian Brown

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History as theatrical metaphor : history, myth and national identities in modern Scottish drama
Title
History as theatrical metaphor
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history, myth and national identities in modern Scottish drama
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Ian Brown
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Language
eng
Summary
"Focusing on the theatrical use of historical figures, narratives and myths, History as Theatrical Metaphor considers the malleability of history and how this relates to different times, changing perceptions of the nation and shifting political agendas in Scotland. The major strength of this important and lively new book is Ian Brown’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the rich and diverse theatrical culture of Scotland, combined with his understanding of wider European traditions and his experience as a playwright. This combination enables him to trace genealogies, offer comparative commentary and it facilitates a deep understanding of the ideological consequences of themes, myths, language, dramaturgy and theatrical strategies. Focusing on leading Scottish playwrights including David Greig, Liz Lochhead, John McGrath, Robert McLellan and Rona Munro, Brown explores how they have created plays that draw attention to competing versions of history, marginalised histories and the potential to revision history as a way of engaging in debates around such themes as power, independence, gender and the past and future of the Scottish nation." - Nadine Holdsworth, Professor of Theatre and Performance, Warwick University, UK "Ian Brown has written an excellent book about the infinite adaptability of history. He opened my eyes to a world of pre-20th century Scottish drama of which I was only dimly aware. He also writes about more familiar figures, from Barrie and Bridie to Lochhead and Munro with a scholarly brio that demonstrates their ability to find a metaphor for the present in the past. I learned a massive amount from Ian Brown's informed intelligence." - Michael Billington, the Guardian theatre critic This revelatory study explores how Scottish history plays, especially since the 1930s, raise issues of ideology, national identity, historiography, mythology, gender and especially Scottish language. Covering topics up to the end of World War Two, the book addresses the work of many key figures from the last century of Scottish theatre, including Robert McLellan and his contemporaries, and also Hector MacMillan, Stewart Conn, John McGrath, Donald Campbell, Bill Bryden, Sue Glover, Liz Lochhead, Jo Clifford, Peter Arnott, David Greig, Rona Munro and others often neglected or misunderstood. Setting these writers’ achievements in the context of their Scottish and European predecessors, Ian Brown offers fresh insights into key aspects of Scottish theatre. As such, this represents the first study to offer an overarching view of historical representation on Scottish stages, exploring the nature of ‘history’ and ‘myth’ and relating these afresh to how dramatists use – and subvert – them. Engaging and accessible, this innovative book will attract scholars and students interested in history, ideology, mythology, theatre politics and explorations of national and gender identity
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1945 February 28-
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Brown, Ian
Dewey number
822/.91099411
Index
index present
LC call number
PR8589
LC item number
.B76 2016eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English drama
  • Scottish drama
  • Theater
  • History in literature
  • Literature
  • Mass media
  • Performing arts
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History as theatrical metaphor : history, myth and national identities in modern Scottish drama, Ian Brown
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237) and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Dedication ; Introduction ; Notes; Acknowledgements; Contents ; Chapter 1: Playwrights and History; History as Eighteenth-Century Politics and Nineteenth-Century National Drama; History in Other European Theatres; History Plays in Late Twentieth-Century England and Ireland; Theatre, Re-Imagining Communities, and Historical Themes; Notes; Chapter 2: History, Mythology, and 'Re-Presentation' of Events; Poetics of History; Plot, Narrative, and 'Counterhistory'; Shaping the Past; Writing 'History': Re-Enactment and Reconstruction; 'Facts of History', Explanatory Cells, and the Mini-Myth
  • NotesChapter 3: Language, Ideology, and Identity; Signs, Ideology, Language, and Literary Identity; Scots Language and Ideologies of Identity; Notes; Chapter 4: The Creation of a 'Missing' Tradition: Robert McLellan and His Contemporaries; First Strivings for a Modern Scottish Theatre; Robert McLellan: Playwriting in Two Arcs; Alexander Reid and Magical Realism; R. S. Silver, Alexander Scott, and Contrasting Poetics; Robert Kemp and James Bridie: The Pageant Versus the Domestic; Sydney Goodsir Smith, Ada Kay, and Ena Lamont Stewart: Contrasting Histories; Conclusions and New Beginnings; Notes
  • Chapter 5: Revealing Hidden Histories: Seven Changing PerspectivesStewart Conn; Bill Bryden; Hector MacMillan; John McGrath; Ian Brown; Donald Campbell; W. Gordon Smith; Other Histories Revealed; Notes; Chapter 6: The Re-Visioning of History: Sue Glover and Liz Lochhead; Sue Glover; Liz Lochhead; Notes; Chapter 7: Alternative Visions; Jo Clifford; Chris Hannan; Peter Arnott; Notes; Chapter 8: Re-Constructing the Deconstructed: David Greig and Rona Munro; David Greig; Rona Munro; Notes; Chapter 9: Conclusion: History as Theatrical Metaphor; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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1 online resource (xvi, 247 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781137473363
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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not applicable
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remote
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  • SPR959554459
  • ocn959554459
Label
History as theatrical metaphor : history, myth and national identities in modern Scottish drama, Ian Brown
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Dedication ; Introduction ; Notes; Acknowledgements; Contents ; Chapter 1: Playwrights and History; History as Eighteenth-Century Politics and Nineteenth-Century National Drama; History in Other European Theatres; History Plays in Late Twentieth-Century England and Ireland; Theatre, Re-Imagining Communities, and Historical Themes; Notes; Chapter 2: History, Mythology, and 'Re-Presentation' of Events; Poetics of History; Plot, Narrative, and 'Counterhistory'; Shaping the Past; Writing 'History': Re-Enactment and Reconstruction; 'Facts of History', Explanatory Cells, and the Mini-Myth
  • NotesChapter 3: Language, Ideology, and Identity; Signs, Ideology, Language, and Literary Identity; Scots Language and Ideologies of Identity; Notes; Chapter 4: The Creation of a 'Missing' Tradition: Robert McLellan and His Contemporaries; First Strivings for a Modern Scottish Theatre; Robert McLellan: Playwriting in Two Arcs; Alexander Reid and Magical Realism; R. S. Silver, Alexander Scott, and Contrasting Poetics; Robert Kemp and James Bridie: The Pageant Versus the Domestic; Sydney Goodsir Smith, Ada Kay, and Ena Lamont Stewart: Contrasting Histories; Conclusions and New Beginnings; Notes
  • Chapter 5: Revealing Hidden Histories: Seven Changing PerspectivesStewart Conn; Bill Bryden; Hector MacMillan; John McGrath; Ian Brown; Donald Campbell; W. Gordon Smith; Other Histories Revealed; Notes; Chapter 6: The Re-Visioning of History: Sue Glover and Liz Lochhead; Sue Glover; Liz Lochhead; Notes; Chapter 7: Alternative Visions; Jo Clifford; Chris Hannan; Peter Arnott; Notes; Chapter 8: Re-Constructing the Deconstructed: David Greig and Rona Munro; David Greig; Rona Munro; Notes; Chapter 9: Conclusion: History as Theatrical Metaphor; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 247 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781137473363
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unknown
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • SPR959554459
  • ocn959554459

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