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Title: Teatro Espanol de autoria femenina en el umbral del nuevo milenio : identidad individual, generica y colectiva en la dramaturgia de Yolanda Pallin.
Author: Lorenzo-Zamorano, Susana.
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2001
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Having identified an area traditionally neglected by critical literature i. e. women playwrights, this thesis concentrates on the body of work that started to be produced in the nineties in Spain, when a new `generation' of dramatists emerged. Specifically, the core of this work provides an analysis of Yolanda Pallin's plays, and thus, focuses on the Madrid scene. Having adopted a fundamentally semiotic approach, this study is divided into four main sections. After a general introduction that relates the defining characteristics of such `generation' and their chronological framework, chapter 2 is dedicated to the analysis of meaning, concentrating on what has been identified as the `identity crisis', and examining the influence that it has on Pallin's characters. The approach taken is interdisciplinary and therefore draws on the combined theories of postmodernism, feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, anthropology and queer studies. Chapter 3 concentrates on the deep structure, thus providing an analysis of the construction of the dramatic text according to the action structure. Propp's notion of function and Ubersfeld's actancial model are taken as the basis from which to place the divisions into sequences or areas of action and, then, to identify the dramatis personae with a particular function(s) (subject/object; sender/receiver; helper/opponent). In chapter 4 both the production and reception contexts are dealt with in order to analyse the performance and reception of Pallin's plays. Direct and recorded viewing in conjunction with methods of journal survey and personal interviews form the basis for the empirical analysis carried out at this stage. Finally, some conclusions are reached regarding Pallin's aesthetics in connection with her contemporary female colleagues. All in all, her work is proved to be ambiguous, highly metadramatic, eclectic, occasionally built on feminist premises and always critical, thus becoming particularly characteristic of the Spanish theatre of the nineties.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature Literature Mass media Performing arts