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The Electronic Media and British Drama

  • Martin Esslin

Abstract

Contemporary British drama in all its diversity and continued vitality cannot be divorced from the general background of the cultural landscape of the country as a whole: and of the factors which must not be overlooked in this context is the part played by the electronic mass-media in shaping the consciousness and the life-style of the people in the British isles. More than most other European countries perhaps, the British are an indoor people, an Englishman’s home being his castle, as the oft-repeated cliché has it: and the rise of the mass media has, if anything, reinforced this tendency.

Keywords

Electronic Medium Soap Opera Live Theatre Electronic Music Situation Comedy 
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References

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Copyright information

© Theodore Shank 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Esslin
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  1. 1.Reinhardt Seminar of Dramatic ArtUniversity of ViennaAustria

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