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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights

The Road to Mecca (Paperback, Main): Athol Fugard The Road to Mecca (Paperback, Main)
Athol Fugard 4
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow. The play won the 1988 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

Contemporary Plays by African Women - Niqabi Ninja; Not That Woman; I Want to Fly; Silent Voices; Unsettled; Mbuzeni; Bonganyi... Contemporary Plays by African Women - Niqabi Ninja; Not That Woman; I Want to Fly; Silent Voices; Unsettled; Mbuzeni; Bonganyi (Paperback)
Yvette Hutchison, Amy Jephta; Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh, Jc Niala, Adong Judith, …
R630 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R54 (9%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This volume uniquely draws together seven contemporary plays by a selection of the finest African women writers and practitioners from across the continent, offering a rich and diverse portrait of identity, politics, culture, gender issues and society in contemporary Africa.

Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi (Egypt) is set in Cairo during the chaotic time of the Egyptian uprising.

Not That Woman by Tosin Jobi-Tume (Nigeria) addresses issues of violence against women in Nigeria and its attendant conspiracy of silence. The play advocates zero-tolerance for violence against women and urges women to bury shame and speak out rather than suffer in silence.

I Want To Fly by Thembelihle Moyo (Zimbabwe) tells the story of an African girl who wants to be a pilot. It looks at how patriarchal society shapes the thinking of men regarding lobola (bride price), how women endure abusive men and the role society at large plays in these issues.

Silent Voices by Adong Judith (Uganda) is a one-act play based on interviews with people involved in the LRA and the effects of the civil war in Uganda. It critiques this, and by implication, other truth commissions.

Unsettled by JC Niala (Kenya) deals with gender violence, land issues and relations of both black and white Kenyans living in, and returning to, the country.

Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma (South Africa) is a story of four female orphans, aged eight to twelve, their sisterhood and their fixation with death and burials. It explores the unseen force that governs and dictates the laws that the villagers live by.

Bonganyi by Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh (Cameroon) depicts the effects of colonialism as told through the story of a slave girl: a singer and dancer, who wants to win a competition to free her family.

Each play also includes a biography of the playwright, the writer's own artistic statement, a production history of the play and a critical contextualisation of the theatrical landscape from which each woman is writing.

Agatha Christie - First Lady Of Crime (Paperback): H.R.F. Keating Agatha Christie - First Lady Of Crime (Paperback)
H.R.F. Keating; Introduction by Sophie Hannah
R260 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Includes a new introduction from Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of THE MONOGRAM MURDERS.

Agatha Christie was not only the biggest selling writer of detective stories the world has ever known, she was also a mystery in herself, giving only the rarest interviews, declining absolutely to become any sort of public figure, and a mystery too in the manner in which she achieved her astonishing success.

H R F Keating, a crime novelist and respected reviewer of crime fiction, brought together a dozen distinguished writers from both sides of the Atlantic to throw light on this double mystery. Some analyse the art itself; some explain the reasons for her success, not just the books, but also in film and theatre. The approaches are penetrating, affectionate, enthusiastic, analytical, funny - even critical.

Together, they give an almost unique insight into the life and work of the First Lady of Crime.

The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover): Dk The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R535 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R131 (24%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes.

This bold book covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life, including illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry.

Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy.

Macbeth (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): William Shakespeare Macbeth (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Edited by A. R. Braunmuller 1
R278 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R34 (12%) In stock

The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. This second edition of Macbeth provides a thorough reconsideration of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. In his introduction, A. R. Braunmuller explores Macbeth's immediate theatrical and political contexts, particularly the Gunpowder Plot, and addresses such celebrated questions as: do the Witches compel Macbeth to murder; is Lady Macbeth herself in some sense a witch; is Macduff morally culpable? A new and well-illustrated account of the play in performance examines several cinematic versions, such as those by Kurosawa and Roman Polanski, as well as other dramatic adaptations. Several possible new sources are suggested and the presence of Thomas Middleton's writing in the play is also proposed.

Monarchs, Missionaries and African Intellectuals - African Theatre and the Unmaking of Colonial Marginality (Paperback):... Monarchs, Missionaries and African Intellectuals - African Theatre and the Unmaking of Colonial Marginality (Paperback)
Bhekizizwe Peterson
R385 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R54 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Much of the work in the field of African studies still relies on rigid distinctions of 'tradition' and 'modernity', 'collaboration' and 'resistance', 'indigenous' and 'foreign'. This book moves well beyond these frameworks to probe the complex entanglements of different intellectual traditions in the South African context, by examining two case studies. The case studies constitute the core around which is woven this intriguing story of the development of black theatre in South Africa in the early years of the century. It also highlights the dialogue between African and African-American intellectuals, and the intellectual formation of the early African elite in relation to colonial authority and how each affected the other in complicated ways. The first case study centres on Mariannhill Mission in KwaZulu-Natal. Here the evangelical and pedagogical drama pioneered by the Rev Bernard Huss, is considered alongside the work of one of the mission's most eminent alumni, the poet and scholar, B.W. Vilakazi. The second moves to Johannesburg and gives a detailed insight into the working of the Bantu Dramatic Society and the drama of H.I.E. Dhlomo in relation to the British Drama League and other white liberal cultural activities.

William Shakespeare and 21st-Century Culture, Politics, and Leadership - Bard Bites (Hardcover): Kristin M. S. Bezio, Anthony P... William Shakespeare and 21st-Century Culture, Politics, and Leadership - Bard Bites (Hardcover)
Kristin M. S. Bezio, Anthony P Russell
R2,559 Discovery Miles 25 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

William Shakespeare and 21st-Century Culture, Politics, and Leadership examines problems, challenges, and crises in our contemporary world through the lens of William Shakespeare's plays, one of the best-known, most admired, and often controversial authors of the last half-millennium. As perhaps the most oft-cited author in the West outside of the Judeo-Christian Bible, Shakespeare has often been considered a sage, providing manifold insights into our shared human qualities and experiences across time and geography. The editors and authors of this accessible book leverage the now global scope of that sibylline reputation to explore what the Bard might tell us about ourselves, our politics, our leaders, and our societies today. The chapters are written with critical rigor and will appeal to scholars and students in leadership and literary studies but are accessible to non-Shakespeare experts. Anyone looking to explore the ongoing relevance of Shakespeare's work will find this volume enlightening and entertaining.

A Glossary of Words and Phrases in the Oral Performing and Dramatic Literatures of the Jin, Yuan, and Ming (Paperback): Dale... A Glossary of Words and Phrases in the Oral Performing and Dramatic Literatures of the Jin, Yuan, and Ming (Paperback)
Dale Johnson
R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For many years, the oral performing and dramatic literatures of China from 1200 to 1600 CE were considered some of the most difficult texts in the Chinese corpus. They included ballad medleys, comic farces, Yuan music dramas, Ming music dramas, and the novel Shuihu zhuan. The Japanese scholars who first dedicated themselves to study these works in the mid-twentieth century were considered daring. As late as 1981, no comprehensive dictionary or glossary for this literature existed in any language, Asian or Western.A Glossary of Words and Phrases fills this gap for Western readers, allowing even a relative novice who has resonable command of Chinese to read, translate, and appreciate this great body of literature with an ease undreamed of even two decades ago. The Glossary is organized into approximately 8,000 entries based on the reading notes and glosses found in various dictionaries, thesauruses, glossaries, and editions of works from the period. Main entries are listed alphabetically in the pinyin romanization system. In addition to glosses, entries include symbolic annotations, guides to pronunciation, and text citations. The result is a broadly useful glossary serving the needs of students of this literature as well as scholars researching Jin and Yuan language and its usage.

I hope this scans (Paperback): Colin McAllister I hope this scans (Paperback)
Colin McAllister
R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Colin McAllister was born in 1942 in Sao Paulo, Brazil but has lived in St Andrews since 1955. He was educated at the Abbey School, Fort Augustus and at St Andrews University, where he graduated with MA Honours in Political Economy and Geography. For 28 years he taught Economics and related subjects at Dundee College. He was Captain of The New Golf Club at St Andrews in 1999 and President of St Andrews Burns Club from 2005 to 2007. Golf is his main hobby, but other interests include Scottish history, the Gaelic language, economics and politics, good wine and malt whisky, and foreign travel. He published But does it scan? In 2008, Can I Scan? In 2012 and ita s Quite an Uncanny in 2016, More than 100 jokes That Made Me Laugh in 2016 and To Scan or Not To Scan in 2018.

Twelfth Night: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback): Emma Smith Twelfth Night: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback)
Emma Smith
R217 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R33 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

THE ULTIMATE GUIDES TO EXAM SUCCESS from York Notes - the UK's favourite English Literature Study Guides. York Notes for AS & A2 are specifically designed for AS & A2 students to help you get the very best grade you can. They are comprehensive, easy to use, packed with valuable features and written by experienced experts to give you an in-depth understanding of the text, critical approaches and the all-important exam. * An enhanced exam skills section which includes essay plans, expert guidance on understanding questions and sample answers. You'll know exactly what you need to do and say to get the best grades. * A wealth of useful content like key quotations, revision tasks and vital study tips that'll help you revise, remember and recall all the most important information.

A Doll's House: York Notes for A-level - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022... A Doll's House: York Notes for A-level - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback)
Frances Gray
R218 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R33 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The best-selling Literature Study Guides for A Level and AS

Ira Aldridge: The Shakespearean Actor (Paperback): Judy Hepburn Ira Aldridge: The Shakespearean Actor (Paperback)
Judy Hepburn
R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... Ira Aldridge tells the exciting story of the African-American actor, Ira Aldridge, who rose to fame on the London stage. Brilliantly imagined, readers aged 7+ will love this first-hand account of a child's experience of nineteenth-century London and the vibrant life of the theatre. Amazing black-and-white illustrations throughout bring the story to life!

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover): William Shakespeare All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells
R349 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R89 (26%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

Norman Mailer in Context (Hardcover): Maggie McKinley Norman Mailer in Context (Hardcover)
Maggie McKinley
R2,173 Discovery Miles 21 730 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume offers new insight into the breadth of contexts that inform Norman Mailer's body of work. It examines important literary, critical, theoretical, cultural, and historical frameworks for Mailer's writing, highlighting the ways his work reflects the concerns of twentieth and twenty-first century America. This book traces Mailer's literary influences; his contributions to a variety of literary genres; his participation in the American political sphere; the philosophical, religious, and gendered contexts that shape his work; and the iconic American figures he profiled. The book concludes with reflections on Mailer's literary and cultural legacy, emphasizing his advocacy for literary freedom and the contemporary resonance of his work.

Twelfth Night: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams... Twelfth Night: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Emma Smith
R204 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R34 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

As You Like It (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): William Shakespeare As You Like It (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Michael Hattaway
R265 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R35 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Michael Hattaway's Introduction to this bestselling edition of As You Like It accounts for what makes this popular play both innocent and dangerous. This third edition includes a new section on recent critical interpretations, including sections on ecocriticism, peace studies, and myths of gender, on recent as well as past stage productions and films of the play, as well as fresh illustrations. An appendix on an early court performance in 1599, commentary on the play's language, the book trade, and the discursive cultures of its time, as well as an updated reading list are also included.

Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback): Alisdair Macrae Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback)
Alisdair Macrae 1
R216 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R34 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Vital exam practice, revision and study for AS & A2 students from the UK's market leading brand.

How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback): Jonathan Bate How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback)
Jonathan Bate
R396 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R58 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imagination Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having "small Latin and less Greek." But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book that combines stylistic brilliance, accessibility, and extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.

Othello: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition (Paperback): Spark Notes Othello: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition (Paperback)
Spark Notes
R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 In stock

Shakespeare everyone can understand--now in new DELUXE editions! Why fear Shakespeare? By placing the words of the original play next to line-by-line translations in plain English, these popular guides make Shakespeare accessible to everyone. They introduce Shakespeare's world, significant plot points, and the key players. And now they feature expanded literature guide sections that help students study smarter, along with links to bonus content on the Sparknotes.com website. A Q&A, guided analysis of significant literary devices, and review of the play give students all the tools necessary for understanding, discussing, and writing about Othello. The expanded content includes: Five Key Questions: Five frequently asked questions about major moments and characters in the play. What Does the Ending Mean?: Is the ending sad, celebratory, ironic . . . or ambivalent? Plot Analysis: What is the play about? How is the story told, and what are the main themes? Why do the characters behave as they do? Study Questions: Questions that guide students as they study for a test or write a paper. Quotes by Theme: Quotes organized by Shakespeare's main themes, such as love, death, tyranny, honor, and fate. Quotes by Character: Quotes organized by the play's main characters, along with interpretations of their meaning.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's China Trilogy: Three Parables of Global Capital - The World of Extreme Happiness; Snow in... Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's China Trilogy: Three Parables of Global Capital - The World of Extreme Happiness; Snow in Midsummer; The King of Hell's Palace (Paperback)
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig; Edited by Joshua Chambers-Letson, Christine Mok
R631 Discovery Miles 6 310 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Some playwrights have a gift to amuse; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig has a darker gift. Anyone with romantic notions of Chinese culture will be unsettled by the jagged, unsentimental portrait of modern urban China."(Chicago Reader) Poetic and devastating, sensuous and politically acute, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's China Plays explore the forces of global capital as they explode within the lives of everyday people in contemporary China. This volume collects together the three plays in the series, including Cowhig's exploration of the human cost of development in China's socialist market economy (The World of Extreme Happiness), of justice and revenge amidst ecological and economic catastrophe (Snow in Midsummer), and the tale of the trade in blood that brought the AIDS crisis to rural China (The King of Hell's Palace). In addition to Cowhig's plays, the volume includes a host of supplemental materials including an editorial preface and three (previously published) brief essays responding to each play by the editor, Joshua Chambers-Letson; a new introduction by theatre/performance scholar and dramaturg Christine Mok that explores the key themes in Cowhig's body of work; a summary discussion between Cowhig, Chambers-Letson, and Mok, on Cowhig's process and the political and aesthetic currents animating her work. The World of Extreme Happiness: "Fearless, zippily-paced, and satirical . . . Cowhig forces us down the long hard look path" (Independent) Snow in Midsummer: "Gripping and affecting... graceful and impassioned" (Times) The King of Hell's Palace: "A medical-scandal drama that we can't afford to ignore" (Telegraph)

Nineteen Eighty Four: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022... Nineteen Eighty Four: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback, New Ed)
George Orwell
R203 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R34 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

So Potent Art - The Magic of Shakespeare (Paperback): Emily Carding So Potent Art - The Magic of Shakespeare (Paperback)
Emily Carding; Foreword by Caitlin Matthews
R491 R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Save R92 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Shakespeare's plays and sonnets are steeped in magic and esoteric lore. This book deeply explores fascinating examples of Hermeticism, astrology, and alchemy as well as instances of prophecy, herbalism, witchcraft, hauntings, and divine intervention. Additionally, So Potent Art delves into the sacred architecture of the historical theatre space and examines the archetypal structures of the plays themselves. Author Emily Carding, a Wiccan initiate and theater professional who specializes in staging Shakespeare, goes beyond just exploring occult references. In this book, she suggests myriad ways that you can adapt these works and use them for your own spells and rituals. The exercises within are designed to help you invoke Shakespeare's archetypal characters and speak his words with spiritual intent as powerful practices for self-development and the magical manifestation of desired outcomes.

Translations: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams... Translations: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback, 2)
John Brannigan
R203 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Providing detailed coverage of the main political and religious issues of the age, this new edition has expanded sections on Ireland and Scotland, ensuring the text considers Britain as a whole. There is extra coverage of economic and social topics.

King Lear: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams... King Lear: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback)
William Shakespeare 2
R206 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R34 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'York Notes' offer an approach to English literature that aims to fully reflect student needs. They are filled with summaries, commentaries, exam advice, margin and textual features to offer a wider context to the text and encourage a critical analysis.

The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022... The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback)
Stephen Sims, X 2
R214 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R34 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

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