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The Professions in Contemporary Drama
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ISBN 9781841500478
Paperback 192 pages

Published January 2003
Imprint: Intellect
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Numerous plays have professionals as major characters, but academia has ignored them to a large extent.

The Professions in Contemporary British Drama fills this extraordinary gap with a series of nine papers discussing the educational professions (Bennett, Mangan), the medical profession (Shields, Buse, ), priests (Kurdi), archaeologists (Forsyth) and artists (Di Benedetto, Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Edwards).

The book is of relevance to theatre academics and students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is based on a conference organised in conjunction with the Centre for English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 6 March 1998.

 

Chapters

John Bennett: Bouncer - Teacher - Doctor: The Gentrification of Godber?

Michael Mangan: ‘Appalling Teachers’: Masculine Authority in the Classroom in Educating Rita and Oleanna

Tim Shields: Theatricality and Madness: Minding the Mind-Doctors

Peter Buse
: Carry on Welfare State: Orton, Nichols, and the National Health

Mária Kurdi: The Priest Character’s Space and Function in Contemporary British and Irish Drama

Stephen Di Benedetto: The Depiction of the Artist in David Storey's Life Class: The Play as a Visual Art

Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe: Self-Referral in Drama and Society

Alison Forsyth: The Professional Archaeologist and The Aesthetics of Cultural Imperialism in Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrynchus

Dic Edwards: Wittgenstein and Morality -- The Playwright's Purpose

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