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The dialectic of Top Girls is wide-ranging, covering universal dilemmas facing women, but focuses on  major themes of contemporary life. The critique of feminist ambitions is a clear central theme and Churchill's selection of women from the past and modern world shows sympathy for the feminist cause and disdain for the male oppressor, but there is no sentimentality an no comfortable solution is offered for their problems.

Marlene hosts a dinner party in a London restaurant to celebrate her promotion to managing director of 'Top Girls' employment agency. Her guests are five women from the past: Isabella Bird (1831- 1904) - the adventurous traveller; Lady Nijo (b1258) - the mediaeval courtesan who became a Buddhist nun and travelled on foot through Japan; Dull Gret, who as Dulle Griet in a Bruegel painting, led a crowd of women on a charge through hell; Pope Joan - the transvestite early female pope and last but not least Patient Griselda, an obedient wife out of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. As the evening continues we are involved with the stories of all five women and the impending crisis in Marlene's own life. A classic of contemporary theatre, Churchill's play is seen as a landmark for a new generation of playwrights. It was premiered by the Royal Court in 1982.

This volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations, notes on individual words and phrases and photographs from stage productions.

Synopsis:

Annotated student edition of landmark 1980s drama in which a cast of historical female protagonists, including a Japanese courtesan, Pope Joan, and a character from a Brueghel painting are brought together to recount their personal stories in a London restaurant. Includes notes, background to the play and discussion of various interpretations.

Caryl Churchill lives in London and is one of Britain's most important playwrights.

Synopsis:

The dialectic of Top Girls is wide-ranging, covering universal dilemmas facing women, but focuses on  major themes of contemporary life. The critique of feminist ambitions is a clear central theme and Churchill's selection of women from the past and modern world shows sympathy for the feminist cause and disdain for the male oppressor, but there is no sentimentality an no comfortable solution is offered for their problems.

Marlene hosts a dinner party in a London restaurant to celebrate her promotion to managing director of 'Top Girls' employment agency. Her guests are five women from the past: Isabella Bird (1831- 1904) - the adventurous traveller; Lady Nijo (b1258) - the mediaeval courtesan who became a Buddhist nun and travelled on foot through Japan; Dull Gret, who as Dulle Griet in a Bruegel painting, led a crowd of women on a charge through hell; Pope Joan - the transvestite early female pope and last but not least Patient Griselda, an obedient wife out of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. As the evening continues we are involved with the stories of all five women and the impending crisis in Marlene's own life. A classic of contemporary theatre, Churchill's play is seen as a landmark for a new generation of playwrights. It was premiered by the Royal Court in 1982.

This volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations, notes on individual words and phrases and photographs from stage productions.

Synopsis:

Annotated student edition of landmark 1980s drama in which a cast of historical female protagonists, including a Japanese courtesan, Pope Joan, and a character from a Brueghel painting are brought together to recount their personal stories in a London restaurant. Includes notes, background to the play and discussion of various interpretations.

Caryl Churchilllives in London and is one of Britain's most important playwrights.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780413644701
Commentaries:
Naismith, Bill
Publisher:
Methuen Drama
Commentaries:
Naismith, Bill
Author:
Naismith, Bill
Author:
Churchill, Caryl
Location:
London :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
General Drama
Copyright:
Edition Number:
New ed..
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Student Editions
Series Volume:
GMS 12
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 1 lb

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Product details 176 pages Methuen Publishing - English 9780413644701 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Annotated student edition of landmark 1980s drama in which a cast of historical female protagonists, including a Japanese courtesan, Pope Joan, and a character from a Brueghel painting are brought together to recount their personal stories in a London restaurant. Includes notes, background to the play and discussion of various interpretations.

Caryl Churchill lives in London and is one of Britain's most important playwrights.

"Synopsis" by ,

The dialectic of Top Girls is wide-ranging, covering universal dilemmas facing women, but focuses on  major themes of contemporary life. The critique of feminist ambitions is a clear central theme and Churchill's selection of women from the past and modern world shows sympathy for the feminist cause and disdain for the male oppressor, but there is no sentimentality an no comfortable solution is offered for their problems.

Marlene hosts a dinner party in a London restaurant to celebrate her promotion to managing director of 'Top Girls' employment agency. Her guests are five women from the past: Isabella Bird (1831- 1904) - the adventurous traveller; Lady Nijo (b1258) - the mediaeval courtesan who became a Buddhist nun and travelled on foot through Japan; Dull Gret, who as Dulle Griet in a Bruegel painting, led a crowd of women on a charge through hell; Pope Joan - the transvestite early female pope and last but not least Patient Griselda, an obedient wife out of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. As the evening continues we are involved with the stories of all five women and the impending crisis in Marlene's own life. A classic of contemporary theatre, Churchill's play is seen as a landmark for a new generation of playwrights. It was premiered by the Royal Court in 1982.

This volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations, notes on individual words and phrases and photographs from stage productions.

"Synopsis" by , Annotated student edition of landmark 1980s drama in which a cast of historical female protagonists, including a Japanese courtesan, Pope Joan, and a character from a Brueghel painting are brought together to recount their personal stories in a London restaurant. Includes notes, background to the play and discussion of various interpretations.

Caryl Churchilllives in London and is one of Britain's most important playwrights.

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