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The Theatre of Tom Stoppard - Anthony Jenkins

The Theatre of Tom Stoppard

Paperback Published: 19th June 1989
ISBN: 9780521379748
Number Of Pages: 216

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Despite their box-office success, Tom Stoppard's plays have sometimes aroused academic hostility, his critics accusing Stoppard of cold intellectualism or frivolous showmanship. The purpose of this study is to examine the special problem of Stoppard's use of humor and games in conveying serious ideas. As an actor and director, Anthony Jenkins is concerned not just with the literary merit of Stoppard's plays, but also with the way they are written and shaped by the formal conventions particular to the media of stage, radio, and television. This book studies the stage space of each play as well as the actor's pauses and inner emotions. As a lecturer on drama, Jenkins follows Stoppard's career chronologically so that the radio and television plays are woven in with, and support various claims concerning, the major stage works. Unlike similar critical analyses of Stoppard's theater, this volume discusses all the latest plays, including The Real Thing, The Dog It Was That Died, and Squaring the Circle.

'This attractively written and always accessible study of the whole of Stoppard's oeuvre traces the playwright's work, showing how his strengths lie in his preoccupation with our essential humanity.' The Stage and TV Today

A free man
Now you see him
Victims of perspective
Trapped in language
What did you do, Dada?
Ethics and manners
The real thing?
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ISBN: 9780521379748
ISBN-10: 0521379741
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 19th June 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised