Wye Plays: The Back of Beyond and The Battle of the Crows

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dc.contributor.author Rabey, David Ian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-05T12:39:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-05T12:39:29Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06-05
dc.identifier.citation Rabey , D I 2009 , Wye Plays: The Back of Beyond and The Battle of the Crows . University of Chicago Press . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 115547
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/2481
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/2481
dc.description rabey, David Ian, Wye Plays: The Back of Beyond and The Battle of the Crows (Chicago, Il: Chicago University Press, 2004) * Acknowledgments * On Being a Shakespearian Dramatist: An Approach to The Back of Beyond * The Back of Beyond * Hatched in Emptiness, Over Emptiness, But Flying: An Introduction to The Battle of the Crows * The Battle of the Crows * Afterword: Grace and Havoc: Shape-Shifting and the Imaginative Landscape of The Wye Plays, by Mick Mangan * About the Author * Further Reading About Lurking Truth/Gwir sy¿n Llechu en
dc.description.abstract A first volume of plays by a startlingly ambitious and inventive dramatist. The Back of Beyond takes, as its starting point, the route of a sequel to King Lear, in which the surviving Shakespearean characters set out on an odyssey through a perilous, blasted landscape, and encounter new agents of cruelty, desire and magic. Wildly humorous and fiercely shocking, the play charts a series of remorseless exposures, interrogating the idealisms and brutal repressions that have informed Anglo-Welsh relations whilst subverting Shakespearean motifs; tragically humorous poetic language and nightmarish visual imagery contribute to the sense of a land where the signposts have been smashed. A sequel to The Back of Beyond, The Battle of the Crows extends and concludes the stories of three characters - a maverick witch, a renegade knight, and an abuse victim made empress - in a harrowing and humorous exploration of border warfare, witchcraft, massacre, bitchery, hilarity and heartbreak. The Battle of the Crows is partly a dramatic speculation about desire as magic, partly a sad reckless laugh at internecine hostilities and the passionate and disastrous transformations which spring up in the face of Death itself. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press
dc.title Wye Plays: The Back of Beyond and The Battle of the Crows en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Book en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies en


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