Best known for his stage writing, the number of academic books, reviews and articles on his drama runs into hundreds. As the recent commercial success of Shakespeare in Love made us aware, Stoppard is an artist whose work blurs the distinction between high and low cultures, bringing cerebral quality to popular form. There has been, however, undue critical concentration on four or five plays, and a guide to the whole drama of this most readable as well as viewable of playwrights is now very necessary.
In this Icon Readers Guide, Terry Hodgson provides a general background to Stoppard s oeuvre, elucidating his main themes through selective quotation from the critics and from Stoppard s own illuminating interview comments. The book summarises stage techniques and modes of critical approach, and focuses throughout on Stoppard s concern with the nature of creativity. This theme is very evident in important plays written in the 1990s Arcadia, Indian Ink and The Invention of Love key works by this seminal playwright about which there has been little comment so far.
'I continue to find the Readers' Guides indispensable for teaching - they really give students a sense of criticism having a history' - Professor Rachel Bowlby, University of York 'The series looks really excellent - attractively produced, user friendly; and outstanding value for money' - Ronald Knowles, Reader, University of Reading
Series: Readers Guides to Essential Criticism
Tertiary; University or College
Published: 9th April 2001
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.6
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1