John Osborne: A Casebook

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For British playwright, John Osborne, there are no brave causes; only people who muddle through life, who hurt, and are often hurt in return. This study deals with Osborne's complete oeuvre and critically examines its form and technique; the function of the gaze; its construction of gender; and the relationship between Osborne's life and work. Gilleman has also traced the evolution of Osborne's reception by turning to critical reviews at the beginning of each chapter.

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For British playwright, John Osborne, there are no brave causes; only people who muddle through life, who hurt, and are often hurt in return. This study deals with Osborne's complete oeuvre and critically examines its form and technique; the function of the gaze; its construction of gender; and the relationship between Osborne's life and work. Gilleman has also traced the evolution of Osborne's reception by turning to critical reviews at the beginning of each chapter.

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A dozen new essays on playwright Osborne 1929-94 whose 1956 "Look Back in Anger" launched the renewal of postwar British theatre and has remained an enduring classic since. Among them are a memory, a eulogy, and a bibliography as well as considerations of such plays as "The Entertainer" 1957, "Luther" 1961, and "D<'e>j<`a> Vu" 1991. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824074425
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Casebooks on Modern Dramatists Series , #16
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
The House That Jimmy Built 3
Beyond Anger: Osborne's Wrestle with Language and Meaning 21
The Personal, the Political, and the Postmodern in Osborne's Look Back in Anger and Dejavu 35
Osborne on the Fault Line: Jimmy Porter on the Postmodern Verge 61
The Logic of Anger and Despair: A Pragmatic Approach to John Osborne's Look Back in Anger 71
The Entertainer as a Text for Performance 91
Luther: The Morbid Grandeur of Corporeal History 115
From Out of the Shadow of Nicol Williamson: Inadmissible Evidence 127
Seduced by Meritocracy: Class and Sexuality in A Patriot for Me 147
"Honey, I Blew Up the Ego": John Osborne's Dejavu 167
John Osborne, Summer 1993 175
The Angry Young Man Who Stayed That Way 183
A Memory of John Osborne 187
Eulogy for John Osborne 193
Bibliography 197
Contributors 223
Index 227
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