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But not that: Caryl Churchill’s political shape shifting at the turn of the millennium

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But not that : Caryl Churchill’s political shape shifting at the turn of the millennium. / Aston, Elaine.

In: Modern Drama, Vol. 56, No. 2, 06.2013, p. 145-164.

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abstract = "The article focuses on Caryl Churchill{\textquoteright}s This Is a Chair (1997) and Far Away (2000) to analyse Churchill{\textquoteright}s political shape shifting at the turn of the millennium, when ideological resistance to capitalism has all but disappeared. Positioning This Is a Chair as a critical-political turning point in Churchill{\textquoteright}s repertoire, I argue that Ren{\'e} Magritte{\textquoteright}s visual thinking about the arbitrary relation of words and things is seminal to Churchill{\textquoteright}s struggle to create a political-theatre canvas. In relation to Far Away, I demonstrate how Churchill{\textquoteright}s critique of global capitalism involves a dissolve – the appearing, yet disappearing, traces of the Brechtian dramaturgy of her earlier playwriting, and a renewal of the epic through a composition that is both experiential and elliptical. Ultimately, the article argues that the need to impress on audiences the urgency of dis-identifying with capitalism informs Churchill{\textquoteright}s political perspective through a dialectic shift from Herbert Blau{\textquoteright}s “imminence of a {\textquoteleft}not-yet{\textquoteright}” to the negative of “but not that.”",
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