Black British Theatre: A Transnational Story looks afresh at the ways black theatre in Britain is connected to and informed by the spaces of Africa, the Carribean, and the USA.
Offering a new, transnational approach to reading black British theatre from 1950 onwards, Michael Pearce examines UK productions of work by writers including Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, and James Baldwin, as well as plays by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Roy Williams, Mojisola Adebayo and Bola Agbaje. Each chapter combines historical documentation and discussion with close textual and performance analysis, providing an in-depth, absorbing account of postwar black British theatre.
A significant contribution to black diaspora theatre studies, Black British Theatre is a must-read for students and scholars in this evolving field.
A History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry offers a detailed evaluative documentary record of the publications, activities and achievements of a lively but undervalued literary community. Part literary history, part critical analysis, this comprehensive survey is organised into three historical periods (1900-1945, 1945-1980 and 1980-2000), each part introduced by a comprehensive overview in which the emerging names are mapped against cultural, literary and poetic events and trends. Individual essays reflect and stimulate continuing debates about the nature of women's poetry and cover a range of canonical and lesser-known, but significant, poets. They offer new critical approaches to reading poems that engage with, for example, war, domesticity, modernism, linguistic innovation, place, the dramatic monologue, postmodernism and the lyric. A chronology and detailed bibliography of primary and secondary sources covering over 200 writers make this an invaluable reference source for scholars and students of British poetry and women's writing.
About the Author
Jane Dowson is Senior Lecturer in English at De Montfort University. Alice Entwistle is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
In 1696 the British government required that all loyal citizens affirm their allegiance to King William III, who had displaced King James II in 1688. The surviving oath rolls in the American colonies include lists of names from New York, Virginia, Barbados, Bermuda, and many of the smaller islands in the Caribbean for which few records now survive. This book is an invaluable record for the historian and genealogist alike.
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