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The Art of Crime : The Plays and Film of Harold Pinter and David Mamet - Leslie Kane

The Art of Crime

The Plays and Film of Harold Pinter and David Mamet

By: Leslie Kane (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 20th May 2004
ISBN: 9780415968300
Number Of Pages: 252

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This collection of 15 original essays, assembled by renowned Mamet and Pinter scholar Leslie Kane, examines the pervasiveness of crime and criminality in the plays and screenplays of two of the most influential contemporary dramatists. The contributors generally focus on one or more works by a single writer, while a few take a comparative approach. Often the works studied are lesser-known or infrequently discussed works, thereby making this volume a valuable addition to current scholarship. In addition, this volume complements other works on Mamet and Pinter on our backlist, including Kane's earlier edited volumes on Mamet which both received solid sales and accolades from Choice. Assembled by a Garland/Routledge author with a proven sales record and impressive critical reception, this collection should be an easy sell to academic and theater libraries, as well as Pinter and Mamet specialists.

Acknowledgmentp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Poetics for Thugsp. 15
"You'll Never be Without A Police Siren": Pinter and the Subject of Lawp. 31
Harold Pinter's "Before the Law"p. 55
Harold Pinter's Ashes to Ashes: The Criminality of Indifference and the Failure of Empathyp. 71
Comedy and Crime: Pinter's Primal Powerp. 89
Lost in the Funhouse: Crime and Spectacle in Pinter's Screenplay of Kafka's the Trialp. 105
Lie Detectors: Pinter/Mamet and the Victorian Concept of Crimep. 119
Gradations of Criminality in the Plays of David Mametp. 137
Melville's the Confidence Man and his Descendants in David Mamet's Workp. 151
Fantasy Crimes/Fictional Lives: Lakeboatp. 161
David Mamet's House of Games and the Allegory of Performancep. 175
More Uses of the Knife as Signifier in the Cryptogram, the Old Religion, and the Edgep. 189
A Theater of the Self: Mamet's the Edge as a Figura of Othernessp. 203
Suckered Again: The Perfect Patsy and the Spanish Prisonerp. 217
Contributorsp. 233
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780415968300
ISBN-10: 0415968305
Series: Studies in Modern Drama
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 20th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1