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Coward the Dramatist Morals and Manners

Coward the Dramatist [electronic resource] : Morals and Manners / by Roger Kojecky.
1st ed. 2024.
Cham : Springer Nature Switzerland : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024.
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1 online resource (XII, 188 p.) 1 illus.
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Discussions of Coward's achievement in the theatre between 1920 and 1966 have tended to stay with the colourful biography. The more analytical literary approach adopted here places Coward's success in its wider theatrical context, making the connections with the work of other dramatists. He developed his technique according to what worked with theatre audiences. Taking up the well-made play, he brought in a more colloquial dialogue, explored, for instance, the morality and psychology of marriage and free love, and frequently exploited the dramatic possibilities of characters grouped into two camps. The book considers both the 'pleasant' and 'unpleasant' plays (to use the Shavian terms), and the episodic patriotic plays. It Includes Coward's ambivalent approach to the 'theatre of war' in the 20th century. (123) Roger Kojecky: After an Oxford University English Faculty D. Phil. he held teaching positions in Tokyo and London University (lecturing on drama). He has been Secretary of the Christian Literary Studies Group, Oxford, and edits The Glass, covering a range of academic literature with articles and reviews. .
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Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries,
Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries,
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Love and Marriage
Chapter 3: Morals and Manners
Chapter 4: Comedies of Realism and Romance
Chapter 5: The Theatre of War
Chapter 6: Deeper Waters
Chapter 7: Drama and Contemporary Society
Chapter 8: Post-War Drama and Fiction
Chapter 9: Last Plays
Chapter 10: The Entertainer.
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