Tragicomedy and Contemporary Culture: Play and Performance from Beckett to Shepard

Tragicomedy and Contemporary Culture: Play and Performance from Beckett to Shepard

by John Orr

Paperback(1991)

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Overview

This study examines the historical relationship between tragicomedy in the modernist theatre and the performative culture of Western consumer societies. While discussing a wide range of playwrights, it focusses specifically on the work of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Sam Shepard. Their plays, it is argued, illuminate the forms of pleasure, fear, performance and corruption which dominate our daily lives. Tragicomedy is seen as unique becuae of the existential playfulness and confusion of its protagonists, and because of its muted vision of apocalypse in the nuclear age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333536971
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/23/1991
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Culture and Society Series
Edition description: 1991
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - Modernism and Tragicomedy - Play and Performative Culture - The Resistance of Commodities - Samuel Beckett: Imprisoned Persona and Irish Amnesia - Anglo-Tragic: Pinter and the English Tradition - Pinter: The Game of the Shared Experience - Shepard I: Rise of Myth/Fall of Community - Shepard II: The Shock of the Normal - Shepard III: Re-enacting the Myth of Origin - Notes - Bibliography

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