Contemporary Feminist Theatres: To Each Her Own
Contemporary Feminist Theatres is a major evaluation of the forms feminism has taken in the theatre since 1968. Lizbeth Goodman provides a provocative and interdisciplinary study of the development of feminist theatres in Britain. She examines the treatment of key issues such as gender, race, sexuality, language and power in performance.
Based on original research and fresh data, Contemporary Feminst Theatres is a fully comprehensive and admirably clear analysis of a flourishing field of practice and inquiry.
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The study focuses on British feminist theatre groups and individual practitioners working since 1968 in relation to contemporary feminist theory and critical practice, and also in relation to the social and economic circumstances of the ...
I argue that potentiallydivisive social movementsandfeminist ideashave influenced thedevelopment of feminist theatreswiththeresult that diversityand difference havecreated a rangeofvery different formsoffeminist theatresand cultural ...
The social valuing of women's public representations is one wayof'placing' the importance of feminist theatre. In allofthe work examined, women are making thespectacles, though they may also be making spectaclesof themselves.
Joan Lipkinarguesthat feminist theatre, likeother forms ofpolitical theatre,must be directly and uncompromisingly political in order to effect social change. All ofthese women make feminist theatre, according to someone's definition.
Both terms are affected by differencesintheoretical schools,changing social and economic movements, and varying criteria for funding. Any earlytheatre which isclaimed as 'feminist'must be evaluated interms of its ownage and context.
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