Caryl Churchill Plays: 4 by Caryl Churchill

By Caryl Churchill

Released to mark Caryl Churchill’s 70th birthday, this quantity comprises: Cloud 9, Bliss, resort, this can be a Chair, Blue middle, distant, a bunch, under the influence of alcohol adequate to claim i like You?, and A Dream Play.

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They are in some ways about the loss of self. One of the conceptions of the subject of English, of studying texts, is that there are no right or wrong answers. The synonymous status of reading with interpretation that I have discussed above seems to support the conviction that a literary work can be construed in an almost infinite number of ways (as long as these construals are properly backed up). There might be as many interpretations of a text as there are people to read it, according to this view.

Students may not want the university experience to simulate the power relations of the compulsory teacher/pupil relationship at school. Others may find the discourse of academic literary studies too strongly bound to the white, middle-aged, middle-class men who were involved with its inception. The imitation of their views and voices is neither desirable nor convincing. This is the problem that you will face as a beginning student: if the attempt to write in another’s voice can lead to stiff and stilted writing, accusations of pretension and an unconvincing use of terminology, but reliance upon one’s own voice is inadequate, then how do you read (that is, interpret and write) at university?

Peter Barry’s Beginning Theory is designed for English students; Jonathan Culler’s Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction is a clear overview that can be read in a couple of hours. Each of these guides identifies some key texts from the different critical schools for you to pursue particular interests. html is a helpful website with an overview of each critical school and some applications to literary texts. Like practical criticism, these theoretical outlooks have developed within English departments, transforming them along the way.

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