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“The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything”: Re-Imagining J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls as a Brechtian Lehrstück for the Middle Classes

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“The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything” : Re-Imagining J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls as a Brechtian Lehrstück for the Middle Classes. / Barnett, David Julian.

In: Modern Drama, 17.08.2021.

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Barnett, DJ 2021, '“The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything”: Re-Imagining J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls as a Brechtian Lehrstück for the Middle Classes', Modern Drama.

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Barnett, D. J. (Accepted/In press). “The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything”: Re-Imagining J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls as a Brechtian Lehrstück for the Middle Classes. Modern Drama.

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Barnett DJ. “The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything”: Re-Imagining J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls as a Brechtian Lehrstück for the Middle Classes. Modern Drama. 2021 Aug 17.

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Barnett, David Julian. / “The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything” : Re-Imagining J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls as a Brechtian Lehrstück for the Middle Classes. In: Modern Drama. 2021.

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