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Harold Pinter

Towards a Poetics of His Plays


Volker Strunk

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 a Poetics 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.
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.