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Description - Re-Visioning Myth by Frances Babbage

The first in-depth assessment of 're-vision' as a phenomenon in women's drama, examining the diverse ways in which classical myth narratives have been reworked by women playwrights for the European stage. This study explores the ideological and aesthetic potential of such practice and silmultaneously exposes the tensions inherent in attempts to challenge narratives that have fundamentally shaped western thought. From tracing the persistence of classical myths in contemporary culture and the significance of this in shaping gendered identities and opportunities, through to analysis of individual plays and productions, Babbage reveals how myths have served in the theatre as 'pretexts' for ideological debate; enabling exploration of the fragile borders between mythic and the everyday and how revision has been regarded, not unproblematically, as a route towards restructuring the self. This makes compelling reading for anyone interested in women's writing for the theatre or wider practices of adaptation in literature and performance. -- .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719067525
ISBN-10: 0719067529
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Frances Babbage

Frances Babbage is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield

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