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Forging a Language : A Study of the Plays of Eugene 'Neill - Jean Chothia

Forging a Language

A Study of the Plays of Eugene 'Neill

Paperback Published: 22nd March 1982
ISBN: 9780521285230
Number Of Pages: 256

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What must dramatic language do? Jean Chothia suggests it must shape our apprehension of individual character, at the same time conveying more to the audience than to the other characters; it must present us with a continually developing action as each speech emphasises or modifies our perception of what has gone before; and the action and staging must be so related to the dramatic language that they become its necessary complement in our experience of the play. In this lucid and perceptive 1979 account of O'Neill's linguistic development as a dramatist, Dr Chothia assesses how far he may be said to have fulfilled these obligations, a question on which critical opinion is sharply divided. Dr Chothia explores O'Neill's erratic career phase by phase, his use of literary models, his mastery of a wide range of registers from Swedish to Irish immigrant, as well as the imagery he forged amongst other things.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Table showing linguistic medium of O'Neill's plays
Introduction
O'Neill and the American theatre
O'Neill's literary biography
The American vernacular in the early plays
the failure of language in the middle years
The late plays and the development of 'significant form': The Iceman Cometh
Significant form: Long Day's Journey Into Night
Conclusion
Appendces
Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521285230
ISBN-10: 0521285232
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd March 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33