This collection of essays demonstrates the continuing effects of World War I on the cultural memories of the disparate nations involved, including Ireland, Germany, Canada and Scotland at the end of the 20th century. It draws on various critical approaches to analyze dramas that range globally from France, Germany and Australia as well as the UK and the USA.
Preface Margaret Higonnet vii Acknowledgements xi Introduction Claire M Tylee 1 SECTION I - 1914-1939 1. The Shape of Things to Come: the Remarkable Modernity of Vernon Lee's Satan the Waster (1915-20) Gill Plain 5 2. Friede Kraze's Erfullungen 'Fulfilment': a play of today for tomorrow (1915) Hilde Klein 23 3. 'In singing we say how do you do how do you like the war': Gertrude Stein's Irresponsible Wartime 'Play' (1916) Simon Featherstone 39 4. Women in the Paris Theatre, 1914-19: 'plus ca change...' Odile Krakovitch 55 5. Alice Dunbar Nelson's Mine Eyes Have Seen and Black Feminist war-drama of the Harlem Renaissance (1918-30) Claire M Tylee 85 6. Hidden Drama by British Women: Pageants and Sketches from the Great War (1914-21) Jane Potter 105 7. Berta Lask's Die Befreiung ('Liberation'): a Dramatic Experiment (1926) Agnes Cardinal 121 8. Pacifism, Pugilism and Proxemics: Irishwomen and World War I - plays by Sean O'Casey and Eva Gore-Booth (1916-30) Margaret Llewellyn-Jones 133 SECTION II - 1974-1999 9. The First World War and Australian National Identity in Dorothy Hewett's play: The Man from Mukinupin (1979) Angela Woollacott 153 10. Pot Shots to Parting Shots: Wendy Lill's Fighting Days (1985) Donna Coates 171 11. Theatres of Resistance: Gender, Class and the First World War in Plays by Sheila Rowbotham (1986) and Chris Hannan (1990) John Fordham 191 12. War and Other Unrealities: Christina Reid's My Name, Shall I Tell You My Name? (1987) and Anne Devlin's After Easter (1994) Linden Peach 207 13. Visualisation of the Abject in Film Dramatisation of Women's Great War Novels: Jennifer Johnston's How Many Miles to Babylon? (1974 / 1981) and Pat Barker's Regeneration (1992 / 1997) J. Rose Atfield 221 14. The Feminisation of the Nation at War in Elaine Morgan's television adaptation of Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth (1933 / 1979) Mary Joannou 237 15. 'Lost Objects of Desire': Melodrama and Political Idealism in Margarethe von Trotta's Rosa Luxemburg (1985) Tanya Krzywinska 251 Bibliography 267 Index 281