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Verbal Violence in Contemporary Drama
From Handke to Shepard


  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032711

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  • In this book, Jeanette Malkin considers a broad spectrum of post-war plays in which characters are created, coerced and destroyed by language. The playwrights examined include Handke, Pinter, Bond, Albee, Mamet and Shepard, as well as Vaclav Havel and two of his plays: The Garden Party and The Memorandum. These playwrights portray language's power within our political, social and interpersonal worlds. The violence that language does, the 'tyranny of words', grabs centre stage in their plays. Characters are manipulated and defined through language, their actions and identity limited by verbal options, in order to reveal the links between language and power. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of drama, theatre history, American and European literature, and comparative literature.

    • Book analyses plays of Vaclac Havel, President of Czechoslovakia
    • Analyses dramatic literature in an interesting way
    • Explores current plays, many frequently seen in production
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032711
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.332kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Language torture: on Peter Handke's Kaspar
    3. Gagged by language: verbal domination and subjugation
    4. Language as a prison: verbal debris and deprivation
    5. Wrestling with language: 'head to head'
    6. Conclusion

  • Author

    Jeanette R. Malkin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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