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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Dornan, Reade W.
Arnold Wesker revisited.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994
|Named Person:||Arnold Wesker; Arnold Wesker|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Reade W Dornan
|Description:||xvii, 168 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Ch. 1. Discovery as an Angry Young Man --
Ch. 2. Debts to the Court --
Ch. 3. Theatre, Why? --
Ch. 4. Distinctions, Intimidations, and Hysteria --
Ch. 5. Two Roots of Judaism --
Ch. 6. The Women in Wesker's Writing --
Ch. 7. A Sense of What Should Follow.
|Series Title:||Twayne's English authors series, TEAS 506.|
|Responsibility:||Reade W. Dornan.|
Chronicling the influence of his Jewish background on his writing, Dornan observes that Wesker has evolved into what she calls a melancholy humanist - a shift in perspective for which a broad segment of the left-leaning literary establishment has never forgiven him. Dornan argues that Wesker has found his voice as a humanist, as a champion of individual rights and human values, while defending the causes of the dispossessed, and that it is not his political alignment so much as a Jewish humanist philosophy that shapes his thoughts. Dornan ultimately observes that, as the playwright himself has said, Wesker's plays come out of his own experience, establishing him as a thoughtful writer who has stubbornly defied being pigeonholed - be it as heir to Osborne's existential worldview or as a "socialist playwright" - to carve out his own place in the British theater.