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Reading as a Christian : a proposed strategy for coping with selected problematic plays by Tennessee Williams

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dc.contributor.author Laubscher MC en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:36Z
dc.date.created 1993 en
dc.date.submitted 1994 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/10106
dc.description.abstract This study deals with a possible Christian approach to the study of drama. The necessity of such an approach is given, and its advantages, while it is indicated that this approach offers the critic and reader the most adequate and freest possible way in which to study drama and related arts. The way in which this approach ought to be used is discussed - the nature of art, various norms and spiritual base of all art. The realization of this and the knowledge that the spirit of a work cannot be judged solely on literary criteria, are shown. The semiotic reading strategy is indicated as the most adequate one to study drama and the critical factor of ostension is taken into account. Some of the plays of Tennessee Williams are dealt with. A "Streetcar named Desire" proves to be one of his very best dramas and as the analysis indicates, his dramatic skills are the best displayed in this play and reveals human nature the most successfully mainly because of the fact that Williams managed to keep his emotions and symbolic evices in check. The second play "Cat on a hot tin roof", proves to be less successful because of Williams's obsessive, over-personalised preoccupation with his characters which leads to failure to reamain honest and objective about them. This over-indulgence, sentimentality and slide into the melodramatic mars the third play, "The night of the Iguana" as well. The necessity and advantages of a Christian approach to drama is reinterated in the last chapter and the three plays under discussion are briefly referred to again to recapitulate. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Drama en
dc.title Reading as a Christian : a proposed strategy for coping with selected problematic plays by Tennessee Williams en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en

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