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  • Page extent: 302 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.61 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 822/.914099287
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PR739.F45 G75 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English drama--20th century--History and criticism
    • Feminist drama, English--History and criticism
    • English drama--Women authors--History and criticism
    • English drama--Black authors--History and criticism
    • English drama--Asian authors--History and criticism

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521817257 | ISBN-10: 0521817250)

This text was the first monograph to document and analyse the plays written by Black and Asian women in Britain. The volume explores how Black and Asian women playwrights theatricalize their experiences of migration, displacement, identity, racism and sexism in Britain. Plays by writers such as Tanika Gupta, Winsome Pinnock, Maya Chowdhry and Amrit Wilson, among others - many of whom have had their work produced at key British theatre sites - are discussed in some detail. Other playwrights' work is also briefly explored to suggest the range and scope of contemporary plays. The volume analyses concerns such as geographies of un/belonging, reverse migration (in the form of tourism), sexploitation, arranged marriages, the racialization of sexuality, and asylum seeking as they emerge in the plays, and argues that Black and Asian women playwrights have become constitutive subjects of British theatre.

• Was the only monograph to focus on Black and Asian women playwrights in Britain • Thematic organization around the key issue of theatricalizing the experience of diaspora • Embeds theatre work in its socio-historical context by addressing key issues such as arranged marriages; the racialization of sexuality; asylum seeking, etc.


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Diasporic subjects; 3. Geographies of un/belonging; 4. Unsettling identities; 5. Culture clashes; 6. Racing sexuality; 7. Sexploitation?; 8. Living diaspora now; Notes; References; Index.


Review of the hardback: '… a useful source of information on the social, sexual, racial and quasi-political challenges that, arguably, concentrate the minds of black and Asian women writing in Britain then.' Journal of Theatre Research International

Review of the hardback: 'The text is handsomely produced and Griffin writes well …'. Black Arts Alliance

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