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Tom Stoppard :

Tom Stoppard

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Jumpers", "Travesties", "Arcadia"

Paperback Published: 3rd July 2000
ISBN: 9780571197828
Number Of Pages: 256

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For well over thirty years, Tom Stoppard has consistently held his position as one of England's most admired dramatists. And for this edition of "Faber Critical Guides," Jim Hunter examines four of Stoppard's finest works in the context of his entire oeuvre. Hunter writes, "Stoppard's plays present a unique interplay between fun today and the most basic and serious challenges to human understanding. He writes jokes and comic routines; but at the same time he is also writing about moral responsibility, about goodness, and about our scientific, mathematical, or philosophical understanding of reality.
Jim Hunter is a lecturer at the Open University in England. He has edited two Faber collections of "Modern Short Stories" and is also the author of "Tom Stoppard's Plays" as well as several novels.
For several decades, Stoppard has been one of England's most accomplished playwrights. But how--and why--did a man who quit school "totally bored" at age 17 become known worldwide for an intense, witty, and realistic approach to drama that often draws its subject matter from mathematics, philosophy, poetry, physics, history, or advanced classical scholarship?
In this installment of the Faber Critical Guides series, Jim Hunter examines four of Stoppard's finest works--"Arcadia," "Jumpers," "Travesties," and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"--within the context of his entire body of work. As Hunter notes, "Stoppard's plays present a unique interplay between fun today and the most basic and serious challenges to human understanding. He writes jokes and comic routines; but at the same time he is also writing about moral responsibility, about goodness, and about our scientific, mathematical, or philosophical understanding of reality."
Hunter's popular and handy guidebook includes: an introduction discussing the distinctive features of Stoppard's work as well as his importance within the broader spectrum of modern theater, a detailed analysis of each of the four classic plays at hand (its language, structure, characters, and overall mood or tone), notes on the performances of these works, and a select bibliography. For all teachers and students seeking a reliable and accessible guide to Stoppard's four major plays, this is the ideal volume.
"Hunter's guide to Stoppard is particularly enjoyable."--"Irish Theatre Magazine"

Editor's Preface
Note on References
Introductionp. 1
Context and Backgroundp. 7
Beyond Realismp. 7
Plays inside Playsp. 9
Modernism and the Theatre of the Absurdp. 10
Post-modernism?p. 15
A and minus Ap. 17
The Dandy and the Would-be-goodp. 17
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Deadp. 20
Two Background Textsp. 21
Rosencrantz: A Synopsisp. 26
'All the world's a stage'p. 28
Deathp. 31
Reasoningp. 32
Jumpersp. 63
Philosophyp. 69
Travestiesp. 105
The Expatriates of Zurichp. 106
Background Text: The Importance of Being Earnestp. 111
Travesties: Synopsis and Commentaryp. 115
The Problem of Leninp. 124
Arcadiap. 155
Classical and Romantic: Order and Disorderp. 168
The Symbolism of Gardensp. 170
Byronp. 173
Determinism, Free Will, and the Apple in the Gardenp. 174
Chaosp. 176
The Portfoliop. 177
Rice Pudding and the Steam Pumpp. 178
What Drives Septimus Mad?p. 179
'The Attraction that Newton Left Out'p. 181
Arcadia: A Chronologyp. 200
Criticismsp. 229
Withdrawing With Style from the Chaosp. 229
Episodic Rather Than Organicp. 231
He Can't Do Womenp. 233
All Head and No Heartp. 235
Charmp. 237
Select Bibliographyp. 239
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780571197828
ISBN-10: 0571197825
Series: Faber Critical Guides
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd July 2000
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1

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