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Understanding Harold Pinter

Author: Ronald Knowles
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1995.
Series: Understanding contemporary British literature.
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"In Understanding Harold Pinter, Ronald Knowles presents a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the writing of the heralded British dramatist whose works for stage, screen, television, and radio have been performed throughout the world." "Describing the playwright's rejection of early-twentieth-century sentimentalism and his departure from the 1950s "kitchen sink" realism associated with Arnold Wesker and John  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Knowles, Ronald, 1940-
Understanding Harold Pinter.
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)624454173
Named Person: Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Knowles
ISBN: 1570030448 9781570030444
OCLC Number: 31934148
Description: xii, 232 pages ; 19 cm.
Contents: Career and overview --
Plays, 1957-60 (I): The room, The dumb waiter, The birthday party, A slight ache, A night out --
Plays, 1957-60 (II): The caretaker, the revue sketches, The hothouse, Night school, The dwarfs --
Television plays and screenplays of the 1960s: The collection, The lover, The basement, Tea party, The servant, Accident, The pumpkin Eater, The Quiller memorandum --
The homecoming --
Plays, 1967-81: Landscape, Silence, Old times, No man's land, Monologue, Betrayal, Other places --
Screenplays, 1971-93: From The go-between to The trial --
Plays, 1984-93: One for the road, Mountain language, Party time, Moonlight.
Series Title: Understanding contemporary British literature.
Responsibility: by Ronald Knowles.

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"In Understanding Harold Pinter, Ronald Knowles presents a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the writing of the heralded British dramatist whose works for stage, screen, television, and radio have been performed throughout the world." "Describing the playwright's rejection of early-twentieth-century sentimentalism and his departure from the 1950s "kitchen sink" realism associated with Arnold Wesker and John Osborne, Knowles explains why audiences at large have had difficulty understanding and sympathizing with Pinter's work." "In a chronological survey, Knowles analyzes Pinter's plays - from The Room (1957) to Moonlight (1993) - as well as his films - from The Servant (1963) to The Trial (1993). Knowles divides the writer's voluminous output into two categories, "comedies of menace" and "memory plays." Identifying the fundamental structure of these works, he discusses their anti-sentimentalism, and comments on the themes - including menace, verification, identity, and power struggle - that have dominated Pinter criticism." "In addition to reviewing past critiques, Knowles offers fresh appraisals of Pinter's plays and screenplays. He touches on Freudian and absurdist criticism but devotes his primary efforts to original applications of more recent theoretical methods, including new historicism, audience reception, structuralism, feminism, gender studies, and postmodernism."--Jacket.

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