Affirming the Absurd in Harold Pinter

Affirming the Absurd in Harold Pinter

by Jane Wong Yeang Chui
     
 

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While the Absurd is frequently used to analyze Harold Pinter's work, some aspects have been long overlooked in Pinter criticism - contemplation and affirmation. Many scholars note the menacing, dark, and sinister qualities of Pinter's works, however there is a lack of alternative interpretations and very little attention has been paid to the affirmative aspects of

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While the Absurd is frequently used to analyze Harold Pinter's work, some aspects have been long overlooked in Pinter criticism - contemplation and affirmation. Many scholars note the menacing, dark, and sinister qualities of Pinter's works, however there is a lack of alternative interpretations and very little attention has been paid to the affirmative aspects of his plays. This work remedies the lack by examining these aspects, in particular the characters' focus on overcoming trying circumstances, their persistence in the pursuit of freedom, and their stoic but courageous attitudes toward a fate they cannot avoid. Using Martin Esslin's "invention" - the Theatre of the Absurd - to examine Pinter's works, Jane Wong Yeang Chui brings the complexities and intricacies of the plays to the forefront, provoking readers and audiences to reconsider and problematize more conventional studies of his plays.

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"By drawing out multidimensional implications, [Chui] foregrounds positive elements often neglected in Pinter studies and helps widen perception of Pinter's work. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." - CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137345349
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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