Caryl Churchill

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  • Elaine Aston (Lancaster University)

Caryl Churchill is an important figure in British playwriting today; indeed, many critics and theatre scholars would argue that she has played a leading role in shaping our contemporary theatrical landscape, on national and international stages. Characteristic of her work is her enduring commitment to a socialist and to a socialist-feminist politics, coupled with a desire to experiment with theatrical form: to find a theatrical means of giving expression to her ideas about and concerns for a world that, as she presents it, is increasingly damaged by the relentless march of global capitalism. As philosophical, political and critical thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Frantz Fanon, or Hannah Arendt have been an influence on Churchill's …

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Aston, Elaine. "Caryl Churchill". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2004
[, accessed 04 July 2015.]

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