Howard Barker: Politics and Desire: An Expository Study of His Drama and Poetry, 1969-87

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This is a new, revised and updated paperback edition of the critically acclaimed first full-length critical assessment of this most individual, challenging, conceptually energetic of British dramatists, whose recognition and influence have extended to a position of international eminence.

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Overview

This is a new, revised and updated paperback edition of the critically acclaimed first full-length critical assessment of this most individual, challenging, conceptually energetic of British dramatists, whose recognition and influence have extended to a position of international eminence.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rabey mobilizes powerful metaphors, almost as responses in kind to Barker's lines, in sentences that have the quality of muscular poetry... At the border between criticism and theatre, Politics and Desire stands opposite Brecht's Messingkauf Dialogues, challenging critical boundaries of theatre, and inviting us to experience the catastrophic throes of tragic transformation." --James D. Balestrieri, Theatre Three

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230577404
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID IAN RABEY is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK, and a dramatist, director and performer. His numerous critical publications include English Drama Since 1940, Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker (as co-editor) and Howard Barker: Ecstasy and Death. He has directed and/or acted in eleven Barker productions to date, including performing the role of Isonzo in Barker's own production of The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo. He is an Associate of Barker's theatre company, The Wrestling School.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Chronology
Lubricating Progress through the Forbidden
Innocence and Authority
Independence and the Family
Between Two Worlds
New Manner for New Situation
Landscapes of Shame, Eruptions of Desire
Splintered Faith and Scar Tissue
Power and the Body
Every Man's Evil Expresses Me
Pain and Breakthrough
Catastrophe is also Birth: Inconclusion
Appendix: Conversations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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