Publications for Sian Adiseshiah
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Adiseshiah, S (Accepted for publication) Old Age, Gender, and Constructions of the Contemporary, Journal of the British Academy, 11(2).
, Culley, A, Shears, J (2023) Introduction: Narratives of Old Age and Gender: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives
, Journal of the British Academy
, 11s2, pp.1-10, DOI: 10.5871/jba/011s2.001
, Culley, A, Shears, J, Abrahams, C (2023) Title
, Journal of the British Academy
, 11s2, pp.243-256, DOI: 10.5871/jba/011s2.243
(2020) Drama and utopian forms of relationality
, 27, ISSN: 1974-4382.
(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.
(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
(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.
(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.
(2012) I just die for some authority!: barriers to Utopia in Howard Brenton?s Greenland
, Comparative Drama
, 46, pp.41-55.
(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.
(2009) Revolution and the end of history: Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest
, Modern Drama
, 52, pp.283-299.
(2005) Utopian space in Caryl Churchill?s history plays: "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire" and "Vinegar Tom"
, Utopian Studies
, 16, pp.3-26.
(2022) Utopian Drama In Search of a Genre
, Methuen Drama, ISBN: 9781474295796.
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
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
and Hildyard, R (ed) (2014) Twenty-First century fiction: what happens now [special issue of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings]
and Hildyard, R (2013) Twenty-first century fiction: what happens now
, Palgrave Macmillan.
(2009) Churchill’s socialism: political resistance in the plays of Caryl Churchill
, Cambridge Scholars.
(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
(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.
and LePage, L (2016) Introduction: What happens now
. In Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now
, pp.1-13, ISBN: 9781137484024. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-48403-1_1
(2014) The ’Times’ of Caryl Churchill’s theatre
. In The theatre of Caryl Churchill
, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
(2013) Caryl Churchill’s ecological dystopias
. In Vieira, F (ed) Dystopia(n) matters: on the page, on screen, on stage
, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
and Hildyard, R (2013) What happens now [introduction]
. In Twenty-first century fiction: what happens now
(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.
(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.
(2023) Utopian Drama: An interview with Siân Adiseshiah
, An interview with Siân Adiseshiah about her monograph Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre.
(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?.