In this sequel to "An New Excalibur", which examined the development of the tank during World War I and after, Smithers examines the role played by tanks in World War II. At the beginning of the war only the Germans and the Russians had realized the full power of the tank. The British and the Americans were forced to try to catch up. One difficulty was fundamentally a matter of finding the right tool for the right job. In the last year of the war, the Germans relied on the immense King Tigers, which lacked speed and manoeuvrability; while the Allies were confined to Shermans, Cromwells and Churchills, which were incapable of making a heavyweight impact. Each side had some envy for the other.
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Peter Skeffington is one of those thoroughly decent, earnest fellows who cares deeply about his home, his landscape, the environment and those who people it. His wife, Lucy, is more demanding (but at heart rather lovable) and as pithy and sharp as her mother-in-law Honor can be. Lucy's current passion is horses, Peter's are plants, plant-hunting and the rehabilitation of young Danny, a boy from the local home for dysfunctional youths. Peter is, in an nutshell, a polite man in a naughty world. Even the village is hardly of stock variety - the vicar and his companion are bizarre, the garage man a Bible-bashing tyrant, the local nymphet as mean as a snake. Nevertheless, redemption comes in curious disguises...
In the interpretation of Shakespeare, wordplay has often been considered inconsequential, frequently reduced to a decorative "quibble." But in Shakespeare from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context, Patricia Parker, one of the most original interpreters of Shakespeare, argues that attention to Shakespearean wordplay reveals unexpected linkages, not only within and between plays but also between the plays and their contemporary culture. Combining feminist and historical approaches with attention to the "matter" of language as well as of race and gender, Parker's brilliant "edification from the margins" illuminates much that has been overlooked, both in Shakespeare and in early modern culture. This book, a reexamination of popular and less familiar texts, will be indispensable to all students of Shakespeare and the early modern period.
These essays by leading scholars offer a new focus on the Renaissance via objects rather than subjects.
Going beyond a dramatic analysis, this casebook examines fascinating topics in the play-- such as love, marriage, holidays, and dreams-- and their relation to contemporary trends and topics.
Text & Presentation is an annual publication devoted to all aspects of theatre scholarship. It represents a selection of the best research presented at the international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference. This anthology includes papers from the 31st annual conference held in Los Angeles, California. Topics covered include Chicano theatre, the Vietnam War and 9/11 in the French theatre, actresses and modern Hamlet, Asian theatre, Antigone in pre- and post-communist Germany, adapting an Internet comic strip for the stage, and the future of dramatic literature in the academy, among others.
The first substantial collection of work by renowned Austin ensemble The Rude Mechanicals. Collected here are texts and documentation for three of their collective devised plays: Lipstick Traces, Requiem for Tesla, and The Method Gun. Includes fragments of archival versions of each play, as well as running commentary from the company members on their process.