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Stoppard and playwrighting : a Labyrinth of communication

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dc.contributor.author Swanepoel M en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:15:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:15:55Z
dc.date.created 1986 en
dc.date.submitted 1988 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/9144
dc.description.abstract Determines how Stoppard employs his plays in an attempt to communicate with his audience. Communication emerges as a key-concept within a hostile and menacing world. Comedy, allusion and the Absurd constitute three of the main elements employed in the process of communication within the domain of Stoppard's plays. Comedy is a genre which lends itself to the needs and notions of modern man struggling to survive in a world marked by insensitivity and disillusionment. Stoppard's plays reveal a distinct preoccupation with the Absurdist notions of uncertainty, the loss of identity, the search for meaning and significance, and the futile struggle in communication. Allusion emerges as the sole element which constitutes the playwright's driving force. All his plays find their existence within the manipulation and development of allusion. Stoppard shares certain essential qualities integral to modern comedy with other contemporary playwrights. Within the context of contemporary comedy, language has evidently assumed a new significance. It has essentially become a form of non-communication, while communication itself is effected through silence. Thus language emerges as an offensive weapon, alienating and dislocating. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Drama en
dc.title Stoppard and playwrighting : a Labyrinth of communication en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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