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[Review of] Dennis Carroll, "Australian Contemporary Drama" (rev. ed) Sydney: Currency Press, 1996

Makeham, Paul B. (1996) [Review of] Dennis Carroll, "Australian Contemporary Drama" (rev. ed) Sydney: Currency Press, 1996. Australasian Drama Studies, 29, pp. 240-243.

Abstract

The original version of this book, published in 1985, was "Australian Contemporary Drama 1909-1982", and it was well on the way to becoming a standard and widely-referenced text by the time Currency published this 'completely revised and updated' edition ten years later. John McCallum, writing in 1988, considered the original to be 'the best available general critical history of twentieth-century Australian drama', and the same is probably true of this edition, although the extent of revision is questionable. In terms of broad theoretical perspectives, Peter Holloway's anthology of essays Contemporary Australian Drama (rev.ed.) (Sydney: Currency Press, 1987) is a better book, but it isn't a critical history as such. That said, Carroll's study is by any standard a fine achievement, with succinct and perceptive readings of scores of plays, an accessible, engaging style, and a carefully sustained examination of what the author proves are distinctively Australian(ist) themes.

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ID Code: 7895
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please contact the author: p.makeham@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Australian theatre and drama
ISSN: 0810-4123
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright (1996) Paul Makeham
Deposited On: 31 May 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:41

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