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Feeling the loss of feminism:Sarah Kane's Blasted and an experiential genealogy of contemporary women's playwriting

Aston, Elaine (2010) Feeling the loss of feminism:Sarah Kane's Blasted and an experiential genealogy of contemporary women's playwriting. Theatre Journal, 62 (4). pp. 575-592. ISSN 0192-2882

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Abstract

This essay disinters Blasted, the highly controversial debut play by Sarah Kane, from a masculinist cult of "in-yer-face-ism" in order to propose a genealogy of contemporary women's playwriting on the British stage characterized by an experiential drive to feeling the loss of feminism. Taking Blasted as a seminal point of reference, an experiential genealogy of women's writing is constructed by looking back at work by Rebecca Prichard and Judy Upton, and forward to millennial women's drama-in particular to politically angry newcomer debbie tucker green, whose theatre is examined as a savage critique of a world scarred by an acute lack of altruistic feeling for "others." The essay concludes with brief reflections on the efforts made by new women writers to claim a space on the British stage.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Theatre Journal
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 54673
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 May 2012 09:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 10:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54673

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