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Arnold Wesker : fragments and visions

Arnold Wesker : fragments and visions

Author: Anne Etienne; Graham Saunders
Publisher: Bristol ; Chicago, IL : Intellect Books Ltd, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
New collection redefines Wesker's place within theatre culture and questions the canonical boundaries associated with his work. Re-evaluating his legacy with new archival material, it explores his eclectic aesthetic range as well as his unerring concern for the human condition: a lasting 'vision' from hopeful socialists in the 1950s-60s. 18 illus.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Etienne, Anne.
Arnold Wesker : Fragments and Visions.
Bristol : Intellect Books Ltd, ©2020
Named Person: Arnold Wesker; Arnold Wesker
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Etienne; Graham Saunders
ISBN: 9781789383652 178938365X 9781789383669 1789383668
OCLC Number: 1225551961
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages)
Contents: Front Cover --
Half Title --
Frontispiece --
Title Page --
Copyright Page --
Table of contents --
Part 1 Early Visions --
1 Radical Chic? Centre 42, the Roundhouse and How Culture Countered Wesker in the 1960s --
Wesker's 1960s: Cultural and Political Context --
Roots and knots --
Roundhouse: The rise and fall --
Friends (and foes and funds) --
Conclusions --
Notes --
References --
2 Introducing Mr Harold Wesker --
Theatrical contemporaries --
Bridges, pauses and silences --
Dramatists of conviction --
Jewish dramatists --
Notes --
References --
3 Roots: A Political Poem 4 The Enigma That Is Pip: A Character under Construction in Wesker's Chips with Everything --
The Conscripts --
Never trust the author? --
Notes --
References --
5 Wesker's Flawed Diamond: Their Very Own and Golden City --
'It does work' --
Antecedents and influences --
'Patchwork' politics --
'Poet [of] committed theatre' --
'So much better than Serjeant Musgrave, darling!' --
Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
Part 2 Unifying Fragments --
6 'Let Battle Commence!': The Wesker Controversies --
'Critic as Censor': Wesker versus reviewers --
'One of us is mad': Wesker versus directors 'However admirable they may be': Wesker versus other playwrights --
'Stand up and be counted': Wesker and global politics --
Conclusion: 'Perhaps I don't play the game' --
Notes --
References --
7 Representing Jewishness and Antisemitism in Arnold Wesker's Work: Shylock, Badenheim 1939 and Blood Libel --
Shylock --
Badenheim 1939 --
Blood Libel --
Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
8 Wesker's French Connections --
From Racines to Souvenirs fantômes --
Enter: Les metteurs-en-scène --
Crrritique! --
Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
9 Wesker the Visual Artist - 'Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life!' How I met Arnold Wesker --
Artistic collaborations --
A visual artist --
10 A Charming Rogue: Wesker's Relationship with Women --
and with Himself --
Letters and liaisons --
Women and one-woman plays --
Annie Wobbler (1983) --
Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon? (1986) --
Yardsale (1987) --
Letter to a Daughter (1998) --
Director/playwright/player --
Forerunner --
Notes --
References --
11 The Idea of Community in the Plays of Arnold Wesker from The Kitchen to Beorhtel's Hill --
Positive and negative versions of community in The Trilogy --
Attempts to construct communities Reconnecting with the past --
Lessons of history --
References --
Contributors --
Index --
Back Cover
Responsibility: edited by Anne Etienne and Graham Saunders.


This new collection redefines Wesker's place within theatre culture and questions the canonical boundaries associated with his work. Re-evaluating his legacy with new archival material, it explores  Read more...


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'Arnold Wesker: Fragments and Visions will add significantly to the body of scholarship on this important and sometimes neglected dramatist.' -- Stephen Lacey, Emeritus Professor, Drama, Film and Read more...

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