The Art of Crime: The Plays and Film of Harold Pinter and David Mamet


First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415968300
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Studies in Modern Drama Series , #21
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A poetics for thugs 15
2 "You'll never be without a police siren" : Pinter and the subject of law 31
3 Harold Pinter's "before the law" 55
4 Harold Pinter's Ashes to ashes : the criminality of indifference and the failure of empathy 71
5 Comedy and crime : Pinter's primal power 89
6 Lost in the funhouse : crime and spectacle in Pinter's screenplay of Kafka's The trial 105
7 Lie detectors : Pinter/Mamet and the Victorian concept of crime 119
8 Gradations of criminality in the plays of David Mamet 137
9 Melville's The confidence man and his descendants in David Mamet's work 151
10 Fantasy crimes/fictional lives : Lakeboat 161
11 David Mamet's House of games and the allegory of performance 175
12 More uses of the knife as signifier in The cryptogram, The old religion, and The edge 189
13 A theater of the self : Mamet's The edge as a Figura of otherness 203
14 Suckered again : the perfect patsy and The Spanish prisoner 217
Contributors 233
Index 237
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