Frances Babbage

in Re-Visioning Myth

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719067525
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701782 | DOI:

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This book addresses reworkings of myths in contemporary drama and confines itself more or less exclusively to plays by women (two exceptions are made for plays with male co-authors). It shows why and how rewriting myths has had – and, it argues, continues to have – distinctive meanings in women's drama, focusing on plays produced in Europe between the early 1960s and the turn of the millennium. To examine women's writing in any genre across this period is inevitably also to consider the shifting arguments and preoccupations of feminism. The book explores the importance of rewriting or ‘re-visioning’ myth in feminist theory as well as in women's creative work, equally acknowledging the tensions, and perhaps the contradictions, that are embedded in this practice. It considers a number of works, including Hella Haasse's A Thread in the Dark, Sarah Daniels' Neaptide, Maureen Duffy's Rites and Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Love of the Nightingale.

Keywords: myths; women's drama; Europe; plays; feminism; re-visioning; Thread in Dark; Neaptide; Rites; Love of Nightingale

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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