John Oswald Francis: Change: A Glamorgan Play in Four Acts

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  • Alyce von Rothkirch (University of Wales, Swansea)

Change is a modern realistic tragedy in which the central social upheavals of Edwardian Wales, namely the loss of influence of non-conformist religion, the increasingly bitter class conflict in the industrialised areas of Wales, and the growth of socialism in this nation which had been dominated by the Liberal Party for most of the 19th century, are represented as a conflict between father and sons in a South Wales family. Although social issues are discussed within the family circle, the struggle is not personalised as in, for example, John Galsworthy’s Strife, where the conflict between works owner and Trade Union leader is essentially about the struggle between two fanatical men. In Change, the …

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von Rothkirch, Alyce. "Change: A Glamorgan Play in Four Acts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 May 2011
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