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Our Voices, Ourselves

Women Writing for the French Theatre


Celita Lamar

The International Year of the Woman, 1975, signaled the beginning of a new era in theatrical expression for women in France. Our Voices, Ourselves: Women Writing for the French Theatre explores the circumstances surrounding the sudden burgeoning of feminine - and feminist - interest in the theatre. Some of the authors introduced here appear in print for the first time in the United States. Relying on both published and unpublished materials, as well as on interviews with many of the authors, this study seeks to stimulate interest in theatrical productions written, staged or directed by women. Recognition is given to women playwrights who are bringing new talent, insights and techniques to the French stage.
Contents: Women playwrights in France in the 70's and 80's - Commentaries on plays with emphasis on the issues confronted: women and their various roles - Perspectives on psychoanalysis, the Third World, oppression, revolution and power.