British Theatre and the Great War, 1914 - 1919: New Perspectives

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Andrew Maunder
Springer, Aug 22, 2015 - Performing Arts - 303 pages
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British Theatre and the Great War examines how theatre in its various forms adapted itself to the new conditions of 1914-1918. Contributors discuss the roles played by the theatre industry. They draw on a range of source materials to show the different kinds of theatrical provision and performance cultures in operation not only in London but across parts of Britain and also in Australia and at the Front. As well as recovering lost works and highlighting new areas for investigation (regional theatre, prison camp theatre, troop entertainment, the threat from film, suburban theatre) the book offers revisionist analysis of how the conflict and its challenges were represented on stage at the time and the controversies it provoked. The volume offers new models for exploring the topic in an accessible, jargon-free way, and it shows how theatrical entertainment of the time can be seen as the `missing link’ in the study of First World War writing.


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War on the Stage in 1914
Reclaiming Shakespeare 19141918
Melodrama and Suburban Theatre in Brixton 1915
Londons International Art Theatre in
Gender Spectatorship and the Womanisation
Metropolitan Music Hall and Variety Theatre
British Cinema Regulation and the War Effort 19141918
Theatre in Birmingham 19141918
Touring Concert Parties and Arts Advocacy 19141919
Entertainments in PrisonerofWar Camps

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Andrew Maunder is Reader in Victorian Literature in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is the author of books including The British Short Story (with Emma Liggins and Ruth Robbins, 2010) and has written widely on First World War literature and culture. He is the co-ordinator of the World War One Theatre Project based at the University of Hertfordshire which revives war-time drama for modern audiences.

Claire Cochrane, University of Worcester, UKKatharine Cockin, University of Hull, UKSos Eltis, Oxford University, UKVictor Emeljanow, University of Newcastle, AustraliaSimon Featherstone, De Montfort University, UKAilsa Grant Ferguson, University of Brighton, UKViv Gardner, University of Manchester, UK Emma Hanna, University of Greenwich, UKAnselm Heinrich, University of Glasgow, UKVeronica Kelly, University of Queensland, UKMargaret Leask, University of Sydney, AustraliaSteve Nicholson, University of Sheffield, UK

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