Arnold Wesker


First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Arnold Wesker: A Casebook

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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A broad reference on London Jewish playwright Wesker (b. 1932) and his work, considering the politics in his plays, biographical aspects, historical perspectives, critical approaches, and the critical response. The 18 original essays discuss the failure and promise of socialism as personal contact in Roots, writing for radio in Yardsdale, the modernity of The Kitchen, women in his later plays, and other topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815311782
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/14/1998
  • Series: Casebooks on Modern Dramatists Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Note
Introduction 1
Chronology 11
I The Politics in Arnold Wesker's Plays
The Trilogy, Forty Years On 15
The Failure and Promise of "Socialism as Personal Contact" in Arnold Wesker's Roots 34
Arnold Wesker and the Desire for Utopia: Utopia's Enemies and Wesker 49
II Biographical Notes
Arnold Wesker 75
Vision and Reality: Their Very Own and Golden City and Centre 42 89
Well-nigh Wesker 97
Writing for Radio and Radio for Writing: Yardsale by Arnold Wesker 109
III Historical Perspectives
The Modernity of The Kitchen 119
Wesker's One-Woman Plays as Part of a Popular Tradition 129
Histories of the New Left: Arnold Wesker and the Angrier Young Men 137
IV Critical Approaches
Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon? Theatre Translation: Theory and Practice 163
Dialogic and Monologic Contexts in Arnold Wesker's Monologues and Monodramas 179
Arnold Wesker and Women: His Later Plays 194
Realistic Directions for Wesker's Stage 209
Chips with Everything: A Snob's Progress? 221
Wisdom in Fragments: The Old Ones 233
V The Critical Response
The Four Seasons 253
Wesker: Searching the Oneness Time 263
Contributors 272
Index 276
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