Value, Voice, and Identity in Three Birds Alighting on a Field

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Wertenbaker, Timberlake -- Criticism and interpretation, Wertenbaker, Timberlake -- Translations -- History and criticism, Women dramatists.


Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Theatre History


From the book summary: "This collection provides the first full-length investigation of the œuvre of one of Britain’s leading dramatists: Timberlake Wertenbaker. By considering the polyglot playwright’s theatre from translations and adaptations to new plays as a dynamic continuum of «translations and transformations», Maya Roth and Sara Freeman create an intriguing, focused frame for understanding Wertenbaker’s work as distinctly cross-cultural, theatrically rich, and intertextual, providing a prescient case study of the translational turn emerging in international theatre today.

From the Introduction:

Margaret Savilonis analyzes “the shifting values, and politics, of language, art and identity navigated in Three Birds Alighting on a Field (1991)… Savilonis considers Wertenbaker’s dramaturgy — and its “ironic juxtapositions” – in the context of reception as well as speech act theory, drawing on J.L. Austin, James Elkins and Octavio Paz…” - p. 30


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“Value, Voice, and Identity in Three Birds Alighting on a Field.” International Dramaturgy: Translation and Transformation in the Theatre of Timberlake Wertenbaker. Eds. Sara Freeman and Maya Roth. Peter Lang, 2008. 195-208.