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The Skriker's progeny

Geraldine Cousin

in Playing For Time

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780719061974
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700976 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719061974.003.0006
The Skriker's progeny

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Caryl Churchill's combination of technical experimentation and acute sensitivity to current social and political concerns has frequently been remarked upon. One innovative aspect of her work that has received little attention, however, is the radical use she makes of the fairy story and the whodunnit. The Skriker, Far Away and A Number, rely on the in-built expectations within these forms of an unambiguous resolution of difficulties, which Churchill is then able to subvert. In The Skriker, she reconfigures fairy stories in order to create her own dramatic parable about the imminence of ecological disaster. Far Away and A Number utilise the apparent simplicities of the whodunnit to explore complex notions of culpability.

Keywords: Caryl Churchill; fairy story; whodunnit; The Skriker; Far Away; A Number

Chapter.  12652 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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