Tom Stoppard: A Faber Critical Guide: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties, Arcadia

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Macmillan, Aug 28, 2000 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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For well over thirty years, Tom Stoppard has consistently held his position as one of England's most admired dramatists. And for this edition of Faber Critical Guides, Jim Hunter examines four of Stoppard's finest works in the context of his entire oeuvre. Hunter writes, "Stoppard's plays present a unique interplay between fun today and the most basic and serious challenges to human understanding. He writes jokes and comic routines; but at the same time he is also writing about moral responsibility, about goodness, and about our scientific, mathematical, or philosophical understanding of reality.
  

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The mindblowing experiences of the two little known attendant lords of Hamlet through the dense matter of the closed play. "What we are attempting is a hypothesis, in which I answer for him, while you ask me questions." Read full review

Contents

Modernism and the Theatre of the Absurd
10
A Synopsis
26
Textual Notes
44
Jumpers
63
Philosophy
69
Stagecraft
80
Travesties
105
The Importance of Being Earnest
111
The Problem of Lenin
124
Characters
132
Arcadia
155
Order and Disorder
168
Byron
173
Stagecraft
190
Criticisms
229
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Jim Hunter is a lecturer at the Open University in England. He has edited two Faber collections of Modern Short Stories and is also the author of Tom Stoppard's Plays as well as several novels.

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