Gender and Power in the Plays of Harold Pinter

Overview

During the past century, artists have been preoccupied with the search for meaning in a fragmented world. In this book Victor L. Cahn suggests that the plays of Harold Pinter dramatize how such a search leads characters to try to establish security through control of territory and people. The resulting conflict often manifests itself in gender battle, in which men dominate the physical arena and women the emotional. The innate tension between the sexes is both comic and unnerving, but also reflects humanity's ...

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Overview

During the past century, artists have been preoccupied with the search for meaning in a fragmented world. In this book Victor L. Cahn suggests that the plays of Harold Pinter dramatize how such a search leads characters to try to establish security through control of territory and people. The resulting conflict often manifests itself in gender battle, in which men dominate the physical arena and women the emotional. The innate tension between the sexes is both comic and unnerving, but also reflects humanity's eternal quest for meaning and identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610977517
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,425,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor L. Cahn is Professor of English at Skidmore College. Among his other books are Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories, Comedies, and Romances (named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice) and The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide, as well as a critical volume on Tom Stoppard; Conquering College: A Guide for Undergraduates; a memoir, Classroom Virtuoso; and the novel Romantic Trapezoid. He has written numerous plays, several of which have been produced Off-Broadway and regionally, including the one-man show Sherlock Solo, which he has performed. Three of his scripts, Fit to Kill, Roses in December, and Embraceable Me, have been published by Samuel French. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Modern Drama, The Literary Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Variety.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 A Silent Ache; A Night Out; Night School 11
2 The Collection 31
3 The Lover 43
4 The Homecoming 55
5 Tea Party; The Basement 75
6 Landscape; Silence 89
7 Old Times 103
8 Betrayal 119
Conclusion 131
Works Cited 137
Index 143
About the Author 149
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