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Description - Sarah Kane's "Blasted" by Helen Iball

"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.These guides provide accessible, informative critical introductions to modern plays for students in both Theatre/Performance Studies and English. Offering up-to-date coverage of a broad range of key plays throughout modern drama, the guides include accounts of performance history, production analysis, screen adaptations and summaries of important critical approaches and debates.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826492036
ISBN-10: 0826492037
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Helen Iball

Helen Iball is Lecturer in Theatre at the Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds, UK.

Books By Helen Iball

Sarah Kane's 'Blasted' by Helen Iball
Hardback, August 2008
$89.10