Scottish Theatre: Diversity, Language, Continuity

Scottish Theatre: Diversity, Language, Continuity

by Ian Brown


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Challenging the dominant view of a broken and discontinuous dramatic culture in Scotland, this book outlines the variety and richness of the nation's performance traditions and multilingual theatre history. Brown illuminates enduring strands of hybridity and diversity which use theatre and theatricality as a means of challenging establishment views, and of exploring social, political, and religious change. He describes the ways in which politically and religiously divisive moments in Scottish history, such as the Reformation and political Union, fostered alternative dramatic modes and means of expression. This major revisionist history also analyses the changing relationships between drama, culture, and political change in Scotland in the 20th and 21st centuries, drawing on the work of an extensive range of modern and contemporary Scottish playwrights and drama practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042037434
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature Series , #22
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 0.63(w) x 0.94(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Ian Brown is a playwright, poet and Professor of Drama at Kingston University, London. Until recently Chair of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, he was General Editor of the Edinburgh History of Scottish Theatre (2007) and editor of From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth (2010) and The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Drama (2011). He has published widely on theatre, cultural policy and literature and language.

Table of Contents

Literary tradition and diversity of language
Hybridity and cultural gravity: crossing boundaries in Scottish cultures
Scots language: personal, political, social and commercial
The historiography of Scottish drama and public performance
Public enactments, gender, community and language
Twentieth-century drama, innovation and the Scots leid
Border-crossing, popular theatre and performative modes
Diversification, language, gender and sexuality
Rethinking dramaturgy
Appendix: The box-office appeal of new plays in Scots – some reflections

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