Comic techniques and the comic spirit in selected plays of Caryl Churchill.

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Title:
Comic techniques and the comic spirit in selected plays of Caryl Churchill.
Author:
Joseph, Mary Beatrice.
Issue Date:
1991
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Critics have often viewed Caryl Churchill as a comic playwright but have never analysed her methods and materials. I made a study of her plays in order to uncover the comic techniques she uses, find out why she chooses to use comedy when her themes are so serious and painful, and decipher whether or not she is part of the continuum of literary comic tradition. My study of Top Girls, Cloud 9, Vinegar Tom, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Fen and Owners reveals that Churchill makes extensive use of structural principles of the sort employed by the great masters and described by theorists throughout the history of stage comedy.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
English; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Mills, John A.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleComic techniques and the comic spirit in selected plays of Caryl Churchill.en_US
dc.creatorJoseph, Mary Beatrice.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJoseph, Mary Beatrice.en_US
dc.date.issued1991en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractCritics have often viewed Caryl Churchill as a comic playwright but have never analysed her methods and materials. I made a study of her plays in order to uncover the comic techniques she uses, find out why she chooses to use comedy when her themes are so serious and painful, and decipher whether or not she is part of the continuum of literary comic tradition. My study of Top Girls, Cloud 9, Vinegar Tom, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Fen and Owners reveals that Churchill makes extensive use of structural principles of the sort employed by the great masters and described by theorists throughout the history of stage comedy.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMills, John A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWearing, J.P.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKoppel, Geneen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9136848en_US
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