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Love Me or Kill Me is the first study of Sarah Kane, the most significant British dramatist in post-war theater. It covers all of Kane's major plays and productions, contains hitherto unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. Locating the main dramatic sources and features of her work as well as centralizing her p Love Me or Kill Me is the first study of Sarah Kane, the most significant British dramatist in post-war theater. It covers all of Kane's major plays and productions, contains hitherto unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. Locating the main dramatic sources and features of her work as well as centralizing her place within the 'new wave' of emergent British dramatists in the 1990's, Graham Saunders provides an introduction for those familiar and unfamiliar with her work.


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Love Me or Kill Me is the first study of Sarah Kane, the most significant British dramatist in post-war theater. It covers all of Kane's major plays and productions, contains hitherto unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. Locating the main dramatic sources and features of her work as well as centralizing her p Love Me or Kill Me is the first study of Sarah Kane, the most significant British dramatist in post-war theater. It covers all of Kane's major plays and productions, contains hitherto unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. Locating the main dramatic sources and features of her work as well as centralizing her place within the 'new wave' of emergent British dramatists in the 1990's, Graham Saunders provides an introduction for those familiar and unfamiliar with her work.

30 review for 'Love Me Or Kill Me': Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fede

    When it comes to Sarah, I can't help being absolutely, shamelessly biased. Even her dirty toilet paper would look like a masterpiece to me. So I found this book to be a really good analysis of her work, one that avoids all sorts of juicy gossiping about the playwright's private life (namely her sexuality, religious fervour followed by a tormented phase of denial, mental illness, suicide etc) and focuses solely on her artistic achievements, rigorously and thoroughly. The first part is an in-depth When it comes to Sarah, I can't help being absolutely, shamelessly biased. Even her dirty toilet paper would look like a masterpiece to me. So I found this book to be a really good analysis of her work, one that avoids all sorts of juicy gossiping about the playwright's private life (namely her sexuality, religious fervour followed by a tormented phase of denial, mental illness, suicide etc) and focuses solely on her artistic achievements, rigorously and thoroughly. The first part is an in-depth study on the plays, how they were performed and how the author reacted to the devastating effect they had on British drama, starting with her debut in 1995. The second half of the book is a collection of interviews with directors, translators, actors and agents who knew Kane personally and took part in the actual performing of her works. A perfect companion to this edition of her complete plays: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I agree with the review that popped up saying the author is infatuated with Ms. Kane's work. However, this critique and examination of Kane's work is intelligent, well-written and interesting. I met the author online and had several online discussions about Sarah Kane's play "Cleansed." I love how Saunders shows how Kane incorporates literature and the Bible into her plays. I also enjoyed the discussion of the symbolism of her plays. I actually read this book twice, something I do not normally d I agree with the review that popped up saying the author is infatuated with Ms. Kane's work. However, this critique and examination of Kane's work is intelligent, well-written and interesting. I met the author online and had several online discussions about Sarah Kane's play "Cleansed." I love how Saunders shows how Kane incorporates literature and the Bible into her plays. I also enjoyed the discussion of the symbolism of her plays. I actually read this book twice, something I do not normally do with a literary critique. The British "theater of extremes" or "in your face movement" has given the world amazing plays, including Sarah Kane.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brigi

    Only read the part about the plays, as I don't think the conversations would have helped me in my preparation for the exam. It's a decent book, although sometimes it seems all over the place, a bit disorganised. I'd recommend Saunders' other book on Kane, About Kane , because it ismuch better structured. Since there are so few books on Kane, it's definitely good having a look at this one,though. Only read the part about the plays, as I don't think the conversations would have helped me in my preparation for the exam. It's a decent book, although sometimes it seems all over the place, a bit disorganised. I'd recommend Saunders' other book on Kane, About Kane , because it ismuch better structured. Since there are so few books on Kane, it's definitely good having a look at this one,though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deanie

    Offers a comprehensive and fascinating critique of Sarah Kane's work. Considering this is the only major book of criticism of her work I've stumbled upon, it's been really helpful for my studies. I love all of the interview quotes from Kane herself, as well as the exclusive interviews with Sarah's team and actors. A great companion to Kane's work. Offers a comprehensive and fascinating critique of Sarah Kane's work. Considering this is the only major book of criticism of her work I've stumbled upon, it's been really helpful for my studies. I love all of the interview quotes from Kane herself, as well as the exclusive interviews with Sarah's team and actors. A great companion to Kane's work.

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    Kristal

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    Sophia Liu

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