by Clare Wallace
ISBN 80-7308-124-5 (paperback). 335pp.
Publication date: December 2006

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Mapping the state of contemporary theatre from the 1990s to the present, this volume focuses upon the work of six major dramatists to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century: Marina Carr, Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, and David Greig.

"This book is an achievement for what it tells us about individual playwrights, with sensitive judgements of each writer's oeuvre, as well as how they stand side by side. Wallace generously includes other critics' work on each playwright; indeed, this is a feature so that the book is a comprehensive study of the critical field, as well as a measured consideration of the primary work."
--Emilie Pine, Irish University Review

"Wallace's analysis straddles diverse theoretical perspectives, presenting evidence of complex textual practices in many works of the 'New Drama.' Suspect Cultures is a self-assured study that profiles some of the most significant plays of the last fifteen years, while articulating and explaining dense theoretical discourse through cultural and social critique. [...] this is an intricate study that assertively engages the reader with a diverse array of conceptual tools that underpin an exciting period of recent theatre history."
--Rachel Zerihan, Contemporary Theatre Review

"Wallace writes with a great sense of authority and flair"
Contemporary Theatre Review

Clare Wallace is a senior lecturer at Charles University, Prague, and at the University of New York, Prague. She has published articles on James Joyce Joyce, Marina Carr, Patrick McCabe and contemporary Irish and British drama. Her books include Monologues (ed. 2006) and Global Ireland (ed. with Ondrej Pilny, 2005).

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