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Tom Stoppard - the nature of his originality

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dc.contributor.author Blignaut J en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T13:19:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T13:19:02Z
dc.date.created 1972 en
dc.date.submitted 1977 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/157493
dc.description.abstract Discusses Stoppard's published stage plays, with the exception of Dirty Linen which is currently running in London and has only recently been published. The stage plays offer the clearest demonstration of his technique and form the bulk of his work. I have used his only novel, Lord Malquist and Mr Moon, to elucidate the plays where necessary, but have not dealt with it in its own right. The plays are examined chronologically as this makes possible a demonstration of those aspects of Stoppard's work that have been used repeatedly and refined. While avoiding the suggestion that Stoppard's work is necessarily progressing, the chronological approach allows for a demonstration of the increasing complexity of his plays. To avoid repetition, aspects of Stoppard's work that may be apparent in several plays are discussed most fully in the play in which that aspect appears predominant. Beckett's influence on Stoppard, for instance, is apparent in much of Stoppard's work, but the comparison between Beckett and Stoppard is made in the chapter on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, where it is most obvious. The discussion of Stoppard's use of existing material involves a demonstration of his use of Twentieth Century techniques such as those of Absurdism, as well as his use of traditional material such as the Commedia dell' Arte. The originality of his tone and ideas is demonstrated in relation to traditional techniques, as in his use of burlesque, for instance, or his complex use of the paradigm in Travesties. The relation of Stoppard's orginality to his use of recognisable, existing material is confirmed by his first written play, Enter a Free Man, where he does not use a paradigm but where the accusations of being derivative are justified. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Drama en
dc.title Tom Stoppard - the nature of his originality en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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