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Shavian

1. of, relating to, or like George Bernard Shaw (1856--1950), the Irish dramatist and critic, his works, ideas, etc.
2. an admirer of Shaw or his works
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That product--from Stratford impeccable star-cast renderings of the Shakespearean repertoire, to Shaw's high-spirited explorations of its namesake's oeuvre, to both tests' respective offerings of old and new works with Bardic or Shavian resonances--draws a combined annual audience of some 784,000 ticket buyers (in 2011); employs thousands of full-and part-time theatre professionals (with concomitant service personnel of every stripe) and has, over the years, moved from what might have been referred to in the old days as summer repertory to bustling, ball-time programming from April though November.
As Emecheta's title suggests, the novel draws upon Shavian beliefs in its exposure of the myths of man-as-bread-winner, militarism, and nationalism.
The novel opens with an emblematically Shavian scene, in the council of King Patayon, whose sobriquet "The Slow One" recalls Fabius ("The Delayer"), the Roman General whose policy of tactical delay inspired Fabianism as a political movement built upon a strategy of cautious advance.
Emecheta's adoption of the fable form, her deliberately unrealistic evocation of an imaginary kingdom, is buttressed by references to kriors and by the citation of the Shavian "Song of Freedom" (17).
Individual essays may be informative or witty, but few add substantially to the vast store of Shavian commentary already extant; perusing them all at once proves heavy-going.
The essays range over such central Shavian political texts as Fabianism and Empire, The Intelligent Woman's Guide, and Everybody's Political What's What.