British Feminist Drama in the 20th Century
The course examines how British feminist playwrights have explored gender politics through the genre of drama from the turn of the century to the present. The course is structured around three main periods/movements: "new woman" and suffrage plays written before World War I; work from the Royal Court and Theatre Workshop in the 1950s and 1960s; and contemporary theatre from the 1970s to the present. Attention is paid to political developments and the material conditions of the theatre. The plays are read against 20th-century shifts in feminist theory, focusing on representation, identity and performance.