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Tragicomedy and Contemporary Culture : Play and Performance from Beckett to Shepard - John Orr

Tragicomedy and Contemporary Culture

Play and Performance from Beckett to Shepard

By: John Orr

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  • Paperback View Product Published: 23rd September 1991

This study examines the historical relationship between tragicomedy in the modernist theatre and the performative culture of Western consumer societies. While discussing a wide range of playwrights, it focusses specifically on the work of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Sam Shepard. Their plays, it is argued, illuminate the forms of pleasure, fear, performance and corruption which dominate our daily lives. Tragicomedy is seen as unique because of the existential playfulness and confusion of its protagonists, and because of its muted vision of apocalypse in the nuclear age.

Acknowledgements - Modernism and Tragicomedy - Play and Performative Culture - The Resistance of Commodities - Samuel Beckett: Imprisoned Persona and Irish Amnesia - Anglo-Tragic: Pinter and the English Tradition - Pinter: The Game of the Shared Experience - Shepard I: Rise of Myth/Fall of Community - Shepard II: The Shock of the Normal - Shepard III: Re-enacting the Myth of Origin - Notes - Bibliography

ISBN: 9780333448793
ISBN-10: 0333448790
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 23rd September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.81  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 3