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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > General

The Road to Mecca (Paperback, Main): Athol Fugard The Road to Mecca (Paperback, Main)
Athol Fugard 4
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book features a South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow. The play won the 1988 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

Contemporary Plays by African Women - Niqabi Ninja; Not That Woman; I Want to Fly; Silent Voices; Unsettled; Mbuzeni; Bonganyi... Contemporary Plays by African Women - Niqabi Ninja; Not That Woman; I Want to Fly; Silent Voices; Unsettled; Mbuzeni; Bonganyi (Paperback)
Yvette Hutchison, Amy Jephta; Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh, Jc Niala, Adong Judith, …
R630 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R54 (9%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This volume uniquely draws together seven contemporary plays by a selection of the finest African women writers and practitioners from across the continent, offering a rich and diverse portrait of identity, politics, culture, gender issues and society in contemporary Africa.

Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi (Egypt) is set in Cairo during the chaotic time of the Egyptian uprising.

Not That Woman by Tosin Jobi-Tume (Nigeria) addresses issues of violence against women in Nigeria and its attendant conspiracy of silence. The play advocates zero-tolerance for violence against women and urges women to bury shame and speak out rather than suffer in silence.

I Want To Fly by Thembelihle Moyo (Zimbabwe) tells the story of an African girl who wants to be a pilot. It looks at how patriarchal society shapes the thinking of men regarding lobola (bride price), how women endure abusive men and the role society at large plays in these issues.

Silent Voices by Adong Judith (Uganda) is a one-act play based on interviews with people involved in the LRA and the effects of the civil war in Uganda. It critiques this, and by implication, other truth commissions.

Unsettled by JC Niala (Kenya) deals with gender violence, land issues and relations of both black and white Kenyans living in, and returning to, the country.

Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma (South Africa) is a story of four female orphans, aged eight to twelve, their sisterhood and their fixation with death and burials. It explores the unseen force that governs and dictates the laws that the villagers live by.

Bonganyi by Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh (Cameroon) depicts the effects of colonialism as told through the story of a slave girl: a singer and dancer, who wants to win a competition to free her family.

Each play also includes a biography of the playwright, the writer's own artistic statement, a production history of the play and a critical contextualisation of the theatrical landscape from which each woman is writing.

Oxford Literature Companions: Dr Faustus (Paperback): Graham Elsdon Oxford Literature Companions: Dr Faustus (Paperback)
Graham Elsdon
R252 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R14 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular A Level set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characterisation and role, genre, context, language, themes, structure, performance and critical views, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work with the text. Each book also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and is suitable for the most recent AS/A level specifications.

Top Girls: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Caryll Churchill Top Girls: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Caryll Churchill 2
R223 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Packed full of analysis and interpretation, historical background, discussions and commentaries, York Notes will help you get right to the heart of the text you're studying, whether it's poetry, a play or a novel. You'll learn all about the historical context of the piece; find detailed discussions of key passages and characters; learn interesting facts about the text; and discover structures, patterns and themes that you may never have known existed. In the Advanced Notes, specific sections on critical thinking, and advice on how to read critically yourself, enable you to engage with the text in new and different ways. Full glossaries, self-test questions and suggested reading lists will help you fully prepare for your exam, while internet links and references to film, TV, theatre and the arts combine to fully immerse you in your chosen text. York Notes offer an exciting and accessible key to your text, enabling you to develop your ideas and transform your studies!

The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Stephen Sims, & X The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Stephen Sims, & X 2
R227 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Oxford Playscripts: The Crucible (Paperback): Arthur Miller Oxford Playscripts: The Crucible (Paperback)
Arthur Miller
R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's classic tragedy brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 14-16 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, The Crucible exposes the tensions caused by gossip and rumour within a tight-knit community, where eventually no one is safe from accusation and vengeance. Seen as a parallel to McCarthyism and the fear of communism in 1950s America, the play's themes of truth, justice, honour, mass hysteria and individuality still resonate with audiences around the world today.

Translations: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2): John Brannigan Translations: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2)
John Brannigan
R222 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Key Features: Study methods Introduction to the text Summaries with critical notes Themes and techniques Textual analysis of key passages Author biography Historical and literary background Modern and historical critical approaches Chronology Glossary of literary terms

Dr Faustus (Paperback): C Marlowe Dr Faustus (Paperback)
C Marlowe 2
R225 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

The Glass Menagerie: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Rebecca Warren The Glass Menagerie: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Rebecca Warren
R225 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Saint Joan (Paperback, 2nd edition): Julian Cowley Saint Joan (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Julian Cowley
R226 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Key Features: * Study methods * Introduction to the text * Summaries with critical notes * Themes and techniques * Textual analysis of key passages * Author biography * Historical and literary background * Modern and historical critical approaches * Chronology * Glossary of literary terms

Hobson's Choice: York Notes for GCSE (Paperback, 2nd edition): Brian Dyke Hobson's Choice: York Notes for GCSE (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Brian Dyke
R168 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R30 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Key features of this text: How to study the text Author and historical background General and detailed summaries Commentary on themes, structure, characters, language and style Glossaries Test questions and issues to consider Essay writing advice Cultural connections Literary terms Illustrations Colour design

Arab Americans in Film - From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation (Paperback): Waleed F. Mahdi Arab Americans in Film - From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation (Paperback)
Waleed F. Mahdi
R787 Discovery Miles 7 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It comes as little surprise that Hollywood films have traditionally stereotyped Arab Americans, but how are Arab Americans portrayed in Arab films, and just as importantly, how are they portrayed in the works of Arab American filmmakers themselves? In this innovative volume, Mahdi offers a comparative analysis of three cinemas, yielding rich insights on the layers of representation and the ways in which those representations are challenged and disrupted. Hollywood films have fostered reductive imagery of Arab Americans since the 1970s as either a national security threat or a foreign policy concern, while Egyptian filmmakers have used polarizing images of Arab Americans since the 1990s to convey their nationalist critiques of the United States. Both portrayals are rooted in anxieties around globalization, migration, and US-Arab geopolitics. In contrast, Arab American cinema provides a more complex, realistic, and fluid representation of Arab American citizenship and the nuances of a transnational identity. Exploring a wide variety of films from each cinematic site, Mahdi traces the competing narratives of Arab American belonging - how and why they vary, and what's at stake in their circulation.

The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre - Beyond O'Casey (Hardcover): Elizabeth Mannion The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre - Beyond O'Casey (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Mannion
R901 Discovery Miles 9 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ireland's Abbey Theatre opened in 1904. Under the guidance of W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, it became instrumental to the success of many of the leading Irish playwrights and actors of the early twentieth century. Conventional wisdom holds that the playwright Sean O'Casey was the first to offer a new vision of Irish authenticity in the people and struggles of inner-city Dublin in his groundbreaking trilogy The Shadow of a Gunman, The Ploughand the Stars, and Juno and the Paycock. Challenging this view, Mannion argues that there was an established tradition of urban plays within the Abbeyrepertoire that has long been overlooked by critics. She seeks to restore attention to a lesser-known corpus of Irish urban plays, specifically those that appeared at the Abbey Theatre from the theatre's founding until 1951, when the original theatre was destroyed by fire. Mannion illustrates distinct patterns within this Abbey urban genre and considers in particular themes of poverty, gender, and class. She provides historical context for the plays and considers the figures who helped shape the Abbey and this urban subset of plays. With detailed analysis of box office records and extensive appendixes of cast members and production schedules, this book offers a rich source of archival material as well as a fascinating revision to the story of this celebrated institution.

The Merchant of Venice (Paperback, Updated edition): William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice (Paperback, Updated edition)
William Shakespeare; Edited by M. M. Mahood; Introduction by Tom Lockwood
R296 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R51 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For this updated edition of one of Shakespeare's most problematic plays, Tom Lockwood has added a new introductory section on the latest scholarly trends, performance and adaptation practices which have occurred over the last two decades. Investigating the latest critical frames through which the play has been interpreted, the updated introduction also focuses on recent international performances on stage and screen (including Al Pacino's performances on film and in Daniel Sullivan's production in New York, the Habima National Theatre's production for the Globe to Globe Festival, Jonathan Munby's touring production for the Globe performed in London, New York and Venice, and Rupert Goold's production for the Royal Shakespeare Company). Finally, new forms of adaptation are considered: a performance transposed to the different generic mode of a New York auction room, and the remaking of the play in Howard Jacobson's 2016 novel, Shylock Is my Name.

The Collected Peter Pan (Hardcover): J.M. Barrie The Collected Peter Pan (Hardcover)
J.M. Barrie; Edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst 1
R498 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R102 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'To die will be an awfully big adventure.' Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up, is one of the immortals of children's literature. J. M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as a baby, living in secret with the birds and fairies in the middle of London, but as the children for whom he invented the stories grew older, so too did Peter, reappearing in Neverland, where he was aided in his epic battles with Red Indians and pirates by the motherly and resourceful Wendy Darling. Peter Pan has become a cultural icon and symbol for escapism and innocence, remaining popular with both children and adults. In this collected edition, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst brings together five of the main versions of the Peter Pan story, from Peter Pan's first appearance in The Little White Bird, to his novelisation of the story, the stage version, and unrealised silent film script. This edition contains a lively introduction, detailed explanatory notes, original illustrations, and appendices that include Barrie's coda to the play that was only performed once.

Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre - Curtain Up (Paperback, Edition): Julius Green Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre - Curtain Up (Paperback, Edition)
Julius Green 1
R501 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R134 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A revealing and witty new examination of how Agatha Christie became the world's most successful and popular female playwright, including details of never-before-published scripts and stories. Agatha Christie is revered worldwide for her books and her many film and TV adaptations. Less well-known today is her extraordinary repertoire of stage plays that firmly established her as the most successful female dramatist of all time. Now Julius Green raises the curtain on Agatha Christie's towering contribution to popular theatre, from her first serious attempts at playwriting - in a very different style to the whodunits for which she became famous - to her record-breaking achievements in the West End and her conquest of Broadway. Astonishing revelations about this often disregarded side of her life are illustrated with extracts from hitherto unknown plays, deleted scenes from her theatrical classics, and unpublished private letters, including her extensive correspondence with the legendary `Mousetrap Man', theatrical impresario Sir Peter Saunders. Meticulously researched and full of groundbreaking discoveries, this book adds a fascinating new layer to Agatha Christie's remarkable story.

Kloof (Afrikaans, English, Paperback): Alexander Strachan Kloof (Afrikaans, English, Paperback)
Alexander Strachan
R20 Discovery Miles 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'n Regter bring sy mooi, jong vrou saam na 'n jagplaas om sy laaste trofee te kom skiet. So word vyf mense saamgegooi vir 'n naweek. Jaloesie, konkelary, wedywering en twis oor grondbesit is aan die orde van die dag en nog 'n verhouding wat nooit sy le kon kry nie. 'n Misterieuse bok maak sy verskyning. Meteens raak die verlede deel van die hede. Nie almal op die plaas weet van die vloek wat oor die grond hang nie. Die omgewing word 'n medespeler wat jare se intrige op die spits dryf.

Othello (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): William Shakespeare Othello (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Norman Sanders; Introduction by Christina Luckyj
R300 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R51 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This third edition of Othello offers a completely new introduction by Christina Luckyj, providing readers with a nuanced understanding of early modern theatre and culture, and demonstrating how careful attention to Shakespeare's language, staging and dramaturgy can open up fresh interpretations of the play. Tracing critical and performance trends up to the present day, Luckyj shows how the drama taps into contemporary cultural paradoxes surrounding blackness, marriage, and politics to create a powerful double perspective, illuminating the creative and destructive power of stories and of human love itself. Supplemented by an updated reading list and extensive illustrations, this edition also features revised commentary notes, offering the very best in contemporary criticism of this great tragedy.

Beckett's Political Imagination (Paperback): Emilie Morin Beckett's Political Imagination (Paperback)
Emilie Morin
R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Beckett's Political Imagination charts unexplored territory: it investigates how Beckett's bilingual texts re-imagine political history, and documents the conflicts and controversies through which Beckett's political consciousness and affirmations were mediated. The book offers a startling account of Beckett's work, tracing the many political causes that framed his writing, commitments, collaborations and friendships, from the Scottsboro Boys to the Black Panthers, from Irish communism to Spanish republicanism to Algerian nationalism, and from campaigns against Irish and British censorship to anti-Apartheid and international human rights movements. Emilie Morin reveals a very different writer, whose career and work were shaped by a unique exposure to international politics, an unconventional perspective on political action and secretive political engagements. The book will benefit students, researchers and readers who want to think about literary history in different ways and are interested in Beckett's enduring appeal and influence.

Ink (Paperback): James Graham Ink (Paperback)
James Graham
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

I want to tell you a story. And it's true. That's what makes it a good fucking story, right, 'cause all the best stories are true. Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. James Graham's ruthless, red-topped play leads with the birth of this country's most influential newspaper - when a young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asked the impossible and launched its first editor's quest, against all odds, to give the people what they want. Ink premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London before transferring to the West End and later Broadway. It was nominated for both the Olivier and Tony Award for Best New Play.

Cardenio between Cervantes and Shakespeare - The Story of a Lost Play (Paperback, New): Roger Chartier Cardenio between Cervantes and Shakespeare - The Story of a Lost Play (Paperback, New)
Roger Chartier
R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How should we read a text that does not exist, or present a play the manuscript of which is lost and the identity of whose author cannot be established for certain?

Such is the enigma posed by "Cardenio" - a play performed in England for the first time in 1612 or 1613 and attributed forty years later to Shakespeare (and Fletcher). Its plot is that of a 'novella' inserted into Don Quixote, a work that circulated throughout the major countries of Europe, where it was translated and adapted for the theatre. In England, Cervantes' novel was known and cited even before it was translated in 1612 and had inspired "Cardenio."

But there is more at stake in this enigma. This was a time when, thanks mainly to the invention of the printing press, there was a proliferation of discourses. There was often a reaction when it was feared that this proliferation would become excessive, and many writings were weeded out. Not all were destined to survive, in particular plays for the theatre, which, in many cases, were never published. This genre, situated at the bottom of the literary hierarchy, was well suited to the existence of ephemeral works. However, if an author became famous, the desire for an archive of his works prompted the invention of textual relics, the restoration of remainders ruined by the passing of time or, in order to fill in the gaps, in some cases, even the fabrication of forgeries. Such was the fate of "Cardenio" in the eighteenth century.

Retracing the history of this play therefore leads one to wonder about the status, in the past, of works today judged to be canonical. In this book the reader will rediscover the malleability of texts, transformed as they were by translations and adaptations, their migrations from one genre to another, and their changing meanings constructed by their various publics. Thanks to Roger Chartier's forensic skills, fresh light is cast upon the mystery of a play lacking a text but not an author.

Spraakopleiding En Opvoedkundige Drama (Afrikaans, Paperback): C. Louw Spraakopleiding En Opvoedkundige Drama (Afrikaans, Paperback)
C. Louw
R410 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R46 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Die boek behandel spraakopleiding en opvoedkundige drama

Oxford Student Texts: The Recruiting Officer (Paperback): Diane Maybank Oxford Student Texts: The Recruiting Officer (Paperback)
Diane Maybank; Series edited by Steven Croft
R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Oxford Student Texts offer an accessible route into the study of texts for A Level including line-by-line notes, and detailed sections covering key themes, issues and contexts. This edition focuses on The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar.

Die Dramateks: 'n Handleiding (Afrikaans, English, Paperback): Marisa Keuris Die Dramateks: 'n Handleiding (Afrikaans, English, Paperback)
Marisa Keuris
R280 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R32 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Hierdie title gee 'n basiese inleiding tot die moderne dramateorie asook praktiese riglyne oor hoe om 'n dramateks te analiseer, en is 'n gids vir dosente en studente. Die invloed van die opvoeringsgerigtheid van 'n drama op aspekte soos die karakters, die tyd en ruimte asook die drama se struktuur, word behandel. Die teorie word deurgaans verduidelik en geillustreer aan die hand van voorbeelde uit meer as 30 bekende Afrikaanse dramas.

The The play - A manual (Paperback): Marisa Keuris The The play - A manual (Paperback)
Marisa Keuris
R280 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R32 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Both lecturers and students will find this book useful as it gives a basic introduction to modern drama theory as well as practical guidelines on the analysis of a play. The influence of the performance orientation of a play on aspects such as the characters, time and space, as well as the play's structure, is dealt with. The theory is constantly explained and illustrated by means of examples taken from more than 30 well-known English South African plays.

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