Pinter's dramatic figures are curiously perspectival creatures who exist on several levels at once, and who by virtue of the deliberate distortion that went into their creation show close affinities with Mannerism.
Harold Pinter: Towards aPoetics of His Plays examines Pinter's stage plays from
The Room to
One for the Road, as well as several plays for radio and television, by focusing on their Mannerist traits; it presents its conclusions within the larger context of an inquiry into the principles and rules that can be said to inform Pinter's «open» drama.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. XII, 260 pp.
Contents: This is the first study of Pinter to take seriously the Mannerist dimension of the British dramatist's work. It
focuses on competing coherences and shifting perspectives in order to lay the groundwork for a poetics of the plays.