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Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre

Edited by Donna Coates

$34.95 CAD / $34.95 USD

336 pages, 10 Illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-789-4 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-791-7 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-55238-792-4 (ePub)

978-1-55238-793-1 (mobi)

October 2015

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About the Book

An entirely new and original assessment of the work of playwright, actor, teacher, and critic Sharon Pollock and her integral contributions to Canada’s national theatre tradition.

Playwright, actor, director, teacher, mentor, theatre administrator, and critic, Sharon Pollock has played an integral role in the shaping of Canada’s national theatre tradition, and she continues to produce new works and to contribute to Canadian theatre as passionately as she has done over the past fifty years.

Pollock is nationally and internationally respected for her work and support of the theatre community. She has also played a major role in informing Canadians about the “dark side” of their history and current events.

This collection, comprised entirely of new and original assessments of her work and contribution to theatre, is both timely and long overdue. Includes a new play titled Sharon’s Tongue by the Playing with Pollock Collective

About the Editor

Donna Coates is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. She has edited, with George Melnyk, Wild Words: Essays on Alberta Literature; with Sherrill Grace, Canada and the Theatre of War: Volumes One and Two; and she has written dozens of book chapters and articles on Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and American women’s war fictions and drama.

With Contributions By: Kathy K. Y. Chung, Donna Coates, Carmen Derksen, Sherrill Grace, Martin Morrow, Jeton Neziraj, Wes Pearce, Tanya Schaap, Shelley Scott, Jerry Wasserman, Jason Weins, and Cynthia Zimmerman

Praise for Sharon Pollock

Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre (as are Pollock’s plays) is relevant for a wide range of readers and academic disciplines: theater and drama studies, of course, but also literature, history, political science, women’s studies, and postcolonial studies. It might also inform the choices made by artistic directors and inspire productions.

—Anne Nothof, Western American Literature

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments M

Donna Coates

Walsh and the (De-)Construction of Canadian Myth
Jerry Wasserman

Sharon Pollock and the Scene of the Crime
Shelley Scott

Ownership and Stewardship in Sharon Pollock’s Generations
Cynthia Zimmerman

"The art a seein’ the multiple realities": Fragmented Scenography in Sharon Pollocks Plays
Wes D. Pearce

Listening is Telling: Eddie Roberts’s Poetics of Repair in Sharon Pollock’s Fair Liberty’s Call
Carmen Derkson

Loss and Morning in Sharon Pollock’s < em>Fair Liberty’s Call
Kathy K.Y. Cheung

Questions of Collective Responsibility in Sharon Pollock’s Man Out of Joint
Tanya Schaap

Equal-Opportunity Torturers in Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End and Sharon Pollock’s Man Out of Joint
Donna Coates

Sharon Pollock and the Garry Theatre (1992-97)
Martin Morrow

Sharon Pollock in Kosovo
Jeton Neziraj

Biography and the Archive
Sherrill Grace

Sharon’s Tongue
Calgary Playing with Pollock Collective, Lindsay Burnes, Pamela Halstead, Grant Linneberg, and Laura Parken

Pollock on Plays