David Hare : moral and historical perspectives


    • Donesky, Finlay


David Hare : moral and historical perspectives

Finlay Donesky

(Contributions in drama and theatre studies, no. 75)

Greenwood Press, 1996

  • : alk. paper

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Bibliography: p. [207]-210

Includes index



In the last 30 years, David Hare has written 12 stage plays, seven screenplays and one opera, and has gained international attention as one of Britain's major contemporary playwrights. Hare's prominence springs not only from the sheer volume of his work, but from his long career of chronicling the social and political fragmentation in postwar Britain. This is the first work to demystify the implications of Hare's presentation of the moral and political health of the British nation. Arguing that one needs to have a deeply informed sense of English and British identity and postwar British society in order to understand Hare's work, Donesky thoroughly contextualizes and historicizes Hare's work. This study demonstrates how Hare's seemingly enigmatic moral vision is actually characteristic of the attitudes of Britain's governing classes.


Introduction The Early Plays: Writing Off the Left Knuckle and Teeth 'n' Smiles: Nostalgia for Consensual Values Fanshen: A Positive Model for Change Licking Hitler: The Boomerang Effect of Black Propaganda Plenty: Hare's Definitive State-of-the-Nation Play Dreams of Leaving: Privatization of Morality Begins Wetherby: First Evocation of Thatcher's Britain Discovery of the Soul in the 1980s Discovery of the Soul in Historical Context The Trilogy: The Refreshing of British Institutions Heading Home and Skylight: Coming to the Defense of Nothing Notes Select Bibliography Index

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