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Adiseshiah, S (2023) Old Age, Gender, and Constructions of the Contemporary, Journal of the British Academy, 11(2), pp.33-54, DOI: 10.5871/jba/011s2.033.

Adiseshiah, S, Culley, A, Shears, J (2023) Introduction: Narratives of Old Age and Gender: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives, Journal of the British Academy, 11(s2), pp.1-10, DOI: 10.5871/jba/011s2.001.

Abrahams, C, Adiseshiah, S, Culley, A, Shears, J (2023) Interview with Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK, Journal of the British Academy, 11(s2), pp.243-256, DOI: 10.5871/jba/011s2.243.

Adiseshiah, S (2020) Drama and utopian forms of relationality, mediAzioni, 27, ISSN: 1974-4382.

Adiseshiah, S (2019) The utopian potential of aging and longevity in Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah (1921), Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, (4), ISSN: 2375-8856.

Adiseshiah, S (2016) Spectatorship and the New (Critical) Sincerity: The Case of Forced Entertainment’s Tomorrow’s Parties, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 4(1), pp.180-195, ISSN: 2195-0156. DOI: 10.1515/jcde-2016-0014.

Adiseshiah, S (2013) The revolution will not be dramatized: the problem of mediation in Caryl Churchill?s revolution plays, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 19, pp.377-393.

Adiseshiah, S (2012) Political returns on the twenty-first century stage: Caryl Churchill?s Far Away, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? and Seven Jewish Children, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, 1, pp.99-117.

Adiseshiah, S (2012) I just die for some authority!: barriers to Utopia in Howard Brenton?s Greenland, Comparative Drama, 46, pp.41-55.

Adiseshiah, S (2011) ?We Said We Wouldn?t Look Back?: Utopia and the backward glance in Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade?s Salad Days, Studies in Musical Theatre, 5, pp.149-161.

Adiseshiah, S (2009) Revolution and the end of history: Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Modern Drama, 52, pp.283-299.

Adiseshiah, S (2005) Utopian space in Caryl Churchill?s history plays: "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire" and "Vinegar Tom", Utopian Studies, 16, pp.3-26.


Adiseshiah, S (2013) The revolution will not be dramatized: the problem of mediation in Caryl Churchill?s The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. In , Transactions and Connections: Memories of the Past in the European Context.


Adiseshiah, S (2022) Utopian Drama In Search of a Genre, Methuen Drama, ISBN: 9781474295796.

Adiseshiah, S and Bolton, J (ed) (2020) debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 978-3-030-34580-8. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34581-5.

Adiseshiah, S and LePage, L (ed) (2016) Twenty-First Century Drama What Happens Now, Palgrave Macmillan UK, ISBN: 9781137484024. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-48403-1.

Adiseshiah, S and Hildyard, R (ed) (2014) Twenty-First century fiction: what happens now [special issue of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings], Gylphi.

Adiseshiah, S and Hildyard, R (2013) Twenty-first century fiction: what happens now, Palgrave Macmillan.

Adiseshiah, S (2009) Churchill’s socialism: political resistance in the plays of Caryl Churchill, Cambridge Scholars.


Adiseshiah, S (2022) Ageing as crisis on the twenty-first-century British stage. In Wallace, C, Escoda, C, Monforte, E, Prado-Pérez, JR (ed) Crisis, Representation and Resilience: Perspectives on Contemporary British Theatre, Bloomsbury, pp.21-38, ISBN: 9781350180857. DOI: 10.5040/9781350180888.ch-2.

Adiseshiah, S (2016) ’Chavs’, ’Gyppos’ and ’Scum?’ class in twenty-first-century drama. In Adiseshiah, SAN and LePage, L (ed) Twenty-first century drama: what happens now?, Palgave, pp.149-171.

Adiseshiah, S and LePage, L (2016) Introduction: What happens now. In Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now, pp.1-13, DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-48403-1_1.

Adiseshiah, S (2014) The ’Times’ of Caryl Churchill’s theatre. In The theatre of Caryl Churchill, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Adiseshiah, S (2013) Caryl Churchill’s ecological dystopias. In Vieira, F (ed) Dystopia(n) matters: on the page, on screen, on stage, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Adiseshiah, S and Hildyard, R (2013) What happens now [introduction]. In Twenty-first century fiction: what happens now, Palgrave.

Adiseshiah, S (2007) Still a socialist? Caryl Churchill?s The Skriker and Far Away. In Middeke, M and Henke, C (ed) Drama and/after Postmodernism, WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp.277-291.

Adiseshiah, S (2006) Utopian gesture in the cold climate of Thatcherism: Caryl Churchill?s Top Girls and Fen. In Vieira, F (ed) Utopia matters: theory, politics, literature, and the arts, Editora da Universidade do Porto, pp.185-195.


Adiseshiah, S (2023) Utopian Drama: An interview with Siân Adiseshiah, An interview with Siân Adiseshiah about her monograph Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre.

Adiseshiah, S (2017) Dr Siân Adiseshiah: Ageing, Utopia and G.B. Shaw?s Back to Methuselah, George Bernard Shaw?s five-part play, Back to Methuselah (1921), presents an epic expanse of time: from the beginnings of Creation with Adam and Eve in Part One to the year 31,920 ? ?As far as Thought Can Reach? ? in Part Five. The utopian worlds of Parts Four and Five come about through extended life, which is considered key to creating the long-term vision deemed central to establishing the good life. In this paper, I examine the relationship between ageing and utopianism in Back to Methuselah. The play ? in common with most utopian drama ? has been neglected by Utopian Studies scholarship, and part of my attention is on what I consider to be the play?s disruption of dominant definitional ways in which mainstream Utopian Studies scholarship establishes the literary utopia. This paper sketches out preliminary responses to two main questions: What is the significance of Shaw?s alignment of utopian possibility with longevity? And why has Back to Methuselah been neglected by Utopian Studies scholarship?.

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