Harold Pinter: The Theatre of Power Robert Gordon

ISBN: 9780472071241

Published: July 9th 2012

Hardcover

228 pages


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Harold Pinter: The Theatre of Power  by  Robert Gordon

Harold Pinter: The Theatre of Power by Robert Gordon
July 9th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 228 pages | ISBN: 9780472071241 | 10.63 Mb

The latest volume in the Michigan Modern Dramatists series offers an authoritative but accessible look at Harold Pinter, one of the greatest and most influential postwar British playwrights and author of classic works such as The Birthday Party and MoreThe latest volume in the Michigan Modern Dramatists series offers an authoritative but accessible look at Harold Pinter, one of the greatest and most influential postwar British playwrights and author of classic works such as The Birthday Party and The Homecoming. Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 for his remarkable body of work and plays that uncover the precipice under everyday prattle and force entry into oppressions closed rooms.Harold Pinter: The Theatre of Power focuses on the playwrights continuously innovative experiments in theatrical form while tracing the recurrence of a consistent set of ethical and epistemological concerns.

Exploring important plays from across this prolific writer’s career, author Robert Gordon argues that the motivating force in almost all of Pinters drama is the ceaseless desire for power, represented in his work as a compulsive drive to achieve or maintain dominance---whether it be the struggle to defend ones own territory from intruders, the fathers battle with his sons to assert his patriarchal position in the family, the manipulation of erotic feelings in the gender warfare that motivates sexual relationships, the abuse of brute force by dictatorships and democracies, or simply the masculine obsession to dominate.

Gordon demonstrates the adventurousness of Pinters experimentation with form while at the same time exposing the ethical, epistemological, and aesthetic preoccupations that have persisted with remarkable consistency throughout his career.



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