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Love me or kill me : Sarah Kane and the theatre of extremes
Saunders, Graham, 1965-
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Publication Information:
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2002.
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xi, 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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PR6061.A59 Z87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Love Me or Kill Me is the first study of Sarah Kane, the most significant British dramatist in post-war theater. It covers all of Kane's major plays and productions, contains hitherto unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. Locating the main dramatic sources and features of her work as well as centralizing her place within the 'new wave' of emergent British dramatists in the 1990's, Graham Saunders provides an introduction for those familiar and unfamiliar with her work.

Author Notes

Graham Saunders is Lecturer in Theater Studies at the University of the West of England.

Table of Contents

Edward Bond
List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
1 Introductionp. 1
Part I The plays
2 'This disgusting feast of filth': Blastedp. 37
3 'If there could have been more moments like this': Phaedra's Lovep. 71
4 'This sensible hell': Cleansedp. 86
5 'Only love can save me and love has destroyed me': Cravep. 100
6 'Remember the light and believe in the light': 4.48 Psychosisp. 109
Part II Conversations
7 Conversation with James Macdonaldp. 121
8 Conversation with Vicky Featherstonep. 128
9 Conversation with Nils Tabertp. 134
10 Conversation with Mel Kenyonp. 143
11 Conversation with Phyllis Nagyp. 154
12 Conversation with Kate Ashfieldp. 163
13 Conversation with Daniel Evansp. 168
14 Conversation with Stuart McQuarriep. 180
Afterword: Sarah Kane and theatrep. 189
Select bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 199