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The Cambridge Introduction to Tom Stoppard


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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107606128

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  • Tom Stoppard is widely considered to be one of the most important dramatists of contemporary theatre. In this Introduction, William Demastes provides an accessible overview of Stoppard's life and work, exploring all the complexity and variety that makes his drama so unique. Illustrated with images from a diverse range of Stoppard productions, the book provides clear evaluations of his major works, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Travesties, Arcadia and The Coast of Utopia, to provide the most up-to-date assessment available. Detailed chapters situate each play in the context of its sources, which include Shakespeare and contemporary existential thought, espionage, quantum physics, chaos theory, romanticism, landscape design, nineteenth-century European intellectual thought and European totalitarianism. The book also includes a section on Stoppard's Academy Award-winning film Shakespeare in Love.

    • The most current and comprehensive assessment of Tom Stoppard's works, including his most recent
    • Clear and readable evaluations of Stoppard's major works make this an excellent introduction for theatregoers and readers with a general interest in contemporary British theatre
    • Complete with illustrations, which provide visual evidence of Stoppard's theatricalism
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107606128
    • length: 177 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Stoppardianism
    Professional chronology
    1. Stoppard: briefly, a life in the theatre
    2. Keys to Stoppard's theatre
    3. The breakthrough years
    4. Playing with the stage
    5. Science takes the stage
    6. Love is in the air
    7. Politics humanized
    Conclusion: the play's the thing
    Appendix: Stoppard's theatre: a summary
    Guide to further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Major British Writers
  • Author

    William Demastes, Louisiana State University
    William W. Demastes is San Diego II Alumni Professor of English at Louisiana State University where he teaches modern theatre and drama. He has won numerous faculty excellence and teaching awards and currently serves as the university's faculty athletics representative. He is author of several books, including Spalding Gray's America (2008), Comedy Matters (2008), Staging Consciousness (2002), Theatre of Chaos (1998) and Beyond Naturalism (1988). He also edits the annual publication Best American Short Plays, including the most recent 2010–2011 volume.

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