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Postmodernist trends in performance: a challenge to conventional British drama in Howard Barker's Victory

This study is primarily concerned with Howard Barker’s political theatre and its interconnections with past political British playwrights, and can be divided into three main parts.
The first part, after having traced a general account of the most modern trends and kinds of theatre in Great Britain, focuses on the works of the major political British and Irish playwrights of the 20th century. There is particular reference to a dramatic technique used by Henry Ibsen for the first time and subsequently applied by G.B. Shaw in his plays. This technique is developed personally by British playwrights and combined with other foreign influences (principally Brecht’s) to constitute a fundamental link between the drama of the playwrights’ works, examined in the first chapter and Howard Barker’s Theatre of Catastrophe, examined in the second. In the latter, there is a general exposition of Barker’s principal concerns as a playwright, whilst in the third part the themes which characterise his dramatic style are shown to be developed in such a way as to recall postmodernist writing. It is worth highlighting that no definition of postmodernism is provided here, its concerns being too many and wide, but on the contrary, some postmodernist structures have been compared to some of Barker’s themes. In order to underline the link between postmodernism and Barker’s political playwriting, one of his most representative plays has been studied, from a text-based perspective, but without neglecting all those aspects relevant to the stage-performance, which make Barker’s theatre so unique.

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Abstract This study is primarily concerned with Howard Barker’s political theatre and its interconnections with past political British playwrights, and can be divided into three main parts. The first part, after having traced a general account of the most modern trends and kinds of theatre in Great Britain, focuses on the works of the major political British and Irish playwrights of the 20 th century. There is particular reference to a dramatic technique used by Henry Ibsen for the first time and subsequently applied by G.B. Shaw in his plays. This technique is developed personally by British playwrights and combined with other foreign influences (principally Brecht’s) to 4

Tesi di Laurea

Facoltà: Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne

Autore: Giovanna Fiorito Contatta »

Composta da 187 pagine.

 

Questa tesi ha raggiunto 283 click dal 29/01/2009.

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