Intended for students who are ready to approach literature in English, this text deals with the literary and language aspects of modern plays. It includes seven extracts of modern plays, contrastive extracts and an introductory chapter on the anatomy of a play, which deals with characters, plots, stage design, acting and rehearsals. The text contains a variety of language-based exercises in areas of grammar, vocabulary and writing styles, as well as exercises involving personal responses. An answer key to the exercises means the book can be used for self-study. The seven main play extracts are from: Shaw's "Pygmalion", O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night", Miller's "The Crucible", O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars", Williams's "A Streetcar named Desire", Fugard's "Siswe Bansi is Dead" and Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment". Contrastive extracts are taken from Wesker, Leonard, Friel, Russel and Mamet.
Completely amended and updated to include cultural events since 1997, this very welcome second edition is the complete introduction to culture and the arts in Britain today. Exploring issues such as language, the novel and poetry, theatre, TV, and radio, David P. Christopher takes a factual approach and investigates the key movements of British culture, setting them in a clear, historical context. Extensively illustrated and incredibly student-friendly, the chapters focus on key themes including politics, the media and language, with emphasis on outstanding artists in each area, and strengthens reading and study skills through follow-up activities and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. This exciting second edition includes: a more in-depth analysis of films and novels extended analyses of the subjects for students new to British culture fully revised and updated chapters two brand new chapters on sport and print media authentic extracts from novels, plays and TV series discussion of recent cultural events such as the building of the London Gherkin, and the phenomenon of the Harry Potter novels. David P. Christopher's book is an engaging study of the art of contemporary life and is a must-have for the bookshelf of any student of modern Britain.