Harold Pinter Plays 1

The Birthday Party; The Room; The Dumb Waiter; A Slight Ache; The Hothouse; A Night Out; The Black and White; The Examination

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571300987

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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This volume contains Harold Pinter's first six plays, including The Birthday Party. The Birthday Party Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by two strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. 'Mr Pinter's terrifying blend of pathos and hatred fuses unforgettably into the stuff of art.' Sunday Times The Room and The Dumb Waiter In these two early one-act plays, Harold Pinter reveals himself as already in full control of his unique ability to make dramatic poetry of the banalities of everyday speech and the precision with which it defines character. 'Harold Pinter is the most original writer to have emerged from the "new wave" of dramatists who gave fresh life to the British theatre in the fifties and early sixties.' The Times The Hothouse The Hothouse was first produced in 1980, though Harold Pinter wrote the play in 1958, just before commencing work on The Caretaker. In this compelling study of bureaucratic power, we can see the full emergence of a great and original dramatic talent. 'The Hothouse is at once sinister and hilarious, suggesting an unholy alliance of Kafka and Feydeau.' Spectator
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The Birthday Party

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057130060X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. The Birthday Party was first performed in 1958 and is now a modern classic, produced and studied throughout the world.
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A Study Guide for Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410341380

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 23

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A Study Guide for Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
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The Birthday Party, and The Room

Two Plays

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802151148

Category: Drama

Page: 120

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Two dramatic works explore the role played by fate in the lives of boarding house tenants
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English Linguistics

An Introduction

Author: Christian Mair

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

ISBN: 3823379569

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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"English Linguistics" is a compact and easy-to-use introduction to English linguistics which - is tailored to the needs of students of English at German, Austrian and Swiss universities, - contains graded exercises to motivate students to carry out independent research, and - bridges the gap between linguistics and the literary and cultural-studies components of the typical BA in English Studies. Bachelor-wissen "English Linguistics" goes beyond the usual introduction in offering accompanying web resources which provide additional material and multi-media illustration.
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Drama of Language in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and The Caretaker

Author: Pulkita Anand

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668112142

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 125

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Master's Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1, , course: MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLISH, language: English, abstract: Harold Pinter is the product of a post-war generation that attempted to reject the evils of the twentieth century and presents a new outlook on society. Pinter began as an uncompromising minority author and created the taste by which he is appreciated, i.e., the inculcation of the so-called 'Pintersque'. In accordance to my capacity within this limited time what could I include in this small effort is; as it is a descriptive type of research work the dissertation trees to present" A Linguistic analysis of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party and The Caretaker in an analytical way. In this work the language is studied for theme, character, thought and action and reality.
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Pinter's 'The Birthday Party' and Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - a Comparison

Author: Julia Pastak geb. Kupfer

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 363881016X

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Page: 36

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik /Amerikanisitik), course: Expressionism and theatre of the absurd, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: Double spaced, abstract: It seems that the Theatre of the Absurd is not considered as civil theatre and that means that there must be big differences between the drama we know from Shakespeare or other famous authors and the work of Beckett and his companions. This work is going to define the differences between a classic drama (a comedy) and a modern drama (theatre of the absurd) and it will make them clear using examples from both "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Birthday Party" written by Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter, respectively.
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Plays by Harold Pinter

The Homecoming, the Birthday Party, the Caretaker, Comedy of Menace, No Man's Land, Betrayal, the Dumb Waiter, As

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230486130

Category:

Page: 40

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (plays not included). Pages: 39. Chapters: The Homecoming, The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, Comedy of menace, No Man's Land, Betrayal, The Dumb Waiter, Ashes to Ashes, The Room, Old Times, Remembrance of Things Past, The Hothouse, Victoria Station, Tea Party, Family Voices, The Collection, Night, Mountain Language, The Basement, Moonlight, Landscape, Pinter's People, The Tragedy of King Lear, A Kind of Alaska, Applicant, Celebration, A Slight Ache, A Night Out, The Lover, Silence, Precisely. Excerpt: The Homecoming is a two-act play written in 1964 by Nobel laureate, Harold Pinter, and first published in 1965. The original Broadway production won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play and its 40th-anniversary Broadway production at the Cort Theatre was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for "Best Revival of a Play." Set in North London, the play has six characters: five men who are related-Max, a retired butcher, and Sam, a chauffeur, who are brothers; and Max's three sons, Teddy, an expatriate American philosophy professor; Lenny, who appears to be a pimp; and Joey, a would-be boxer in training who works in demolition; and one woman, Ruth, Teddy's wife. The play concerns Teddy's and Ruth's "homecoming," which has distinctly different symbolic and thematic implications. Considering the play while surveying Pinter's career on the occasion of its 40-anniversary production at the Cort Theatre, in The New Yorker, the critic John Lahr writes: "'The Homecoming' changed my life. Before the play, I thought words were just vessels of meaning; after it, I saw them as weapons of defense. Before, I thought theatre was about the spoken; after, I understood the eloquence of the unspoken. The position of a chair, the length of a pause, the choice of a gesture, I realized, could convey volumes" ("Demolition Man"). MAX, a man of seventyLENNY, a...
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Comparison of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” and “The Homecoming” with a Special Focus on the Female Characters

Author: Sandra Beez

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668244790

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 14

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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, , language: English, abstract: Pinter’s plays are good examples for the theatre of the absurd, although Pinter himself probably would not have called them this way. He knew how to create his characters in such an absurd way, but also realistic at the same time that the audience was often left in astonishment and confusion. This paper will deal with the two Pinter plays “The Birthday Party” and “The Homecoming”. These are outstanding plays, foremost concerning the female characters. Both plays include mainly male characters and one outstanding female one. There is a second female character in “The Birthday Party”, but she only plays a minor role. It is interesting to see how Pinter contrasts the more or less strong female characters in otherwise all men plays. That is why this paper will pay special attention to the female characters. This paper will start by first giving an overview over the plays and short characterisations of the male characters. Furthermore, there will be a comparison between those two plays and in how far Pinter’s plays may have developed. Continuing, I am going to focus on the female characters of the plays, Meg and Ruth. First, I will discuss the representation of women in the plays in general. Then, there will be a comparison between the two characters to see in how far their characteristics and their function in the plays differ.
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Plays One

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571178445

Category: Drama

Page: 386

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The birthday party - The room - The dumb waiter - A slight ache - The hothouse - A night out - The black and white - The examination - Monologues.
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Party Time ; And, The New World Order

Two Plays

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802133526

Category: Drama

Page: 60

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Born in London in 1930, Harold Pinter holds an undisputed place in the front ranks of contemporary playwrights. These two plays, Party Time and The New World Order, work in chilling tandem, each demonstrating the inevitable brutality that comes with a total conviction of right. Party Time is a terrifying portrait of the culpable indifference of a privileged class, of the cruelty engendered in its members by political disruption, and of their merciless extinction of dissent. At an elegant cocktail party, a stylish bourgeoisie discusses country clubs and summer homes, while below in the streets a sinister military presence protects them from the unmentionable horrors of poverty, vulgarity, squalor. In The New World Order, two interrogators harass a man whom they condemn for his questioning of received ideas, and whom we know only as threat to their closed vision of democracy.
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Niemandsland

aus dem Notizbuch eines Malers

Author: Marion Elias

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783897394865

Category: Painting

Page: 191

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Pinter's Female Portraits

A Study of the Female Characters in the Plays of Harold Pinter

Author: Elizabeth Sakellaridou

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780389207474

Category: Drama

Page: 235

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The book traces the development of Pinter's female characters both as dramatis personae and as theatrical functionaries. It explores a new exciting aspect of Pinter's work in the domain of character portrayal, and it supplies a kaleidoscopic view of Pinter criticism to date at home and abroad.
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Pinter

The Playwright

Author: Martin Esslin

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: English drama

Page: 279

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In 1958 The Birthday Party was dismissed by all but a few critics and closed after one week's run in London. Since then Harold Pinter has come to be acknowledged as "our best living playwright" (Irving Wardle, The Times) Martin Esslin's study of Pinter's plays has become a standard work since its publication in 1970. This sixth, revised edition - published to mark Pinter's 70th birthday and updated to cover his most recent plays, Moonlight, Ashes to Ashes and Celebration - offers a comprehensive survey of the whole span of Harold Pinter's writing career by one of the most distinguished commentators on modern theatre. "It will certainly not be the last book on Pinter, but seems bound to remain one of the best" John Russell Taylor "Holds its place as the most straightforwardly useful account of Pinter's work to date" Times Literary Supplement
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The Lover

A Play in One Act

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822207047

Category: Drama

Page: 28

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THE STORY: A husband goes to his office politely asking if his wife's lover will be coming today. She murmurs 'Mmmm,' and suggests he not return before six. In order not to return before six he will no doubt visit a prostitute. A competition is glossily established. When the lover does come, he is the husband, which is not surprising. The kind of sex-play follows that suggests this is the necessary titillation, and the necessary release ofhostility, between a man who means to be master of the house and a wife who means to be both wife and mistress, whatever the house may be. But there is a flaw in the accommodation. The lover is weary of his mistress; she is no longer particularly appetizing. By the time he returns, as husband, in the evening, his wife is still disturbed by the news. The performance of the afternoon has begun to carry over into the reality (or pretense) of the evening. Suddenly the husband is not quite husband, diffident over his drink. He is blurring into the lover, at the wrong hour, and angrily. The wife must seduce him now as wife, not as mistress. She does. -NY Herald-Tribune.
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Understanding Harold Pinter

Author: Ronald Knowles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 232

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In Understanding Harold Pinter, Ronald Knowles presents a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the writing of the heralded British dramatist whose works for stage, screen, television, and radio have been performed throughout the world. Describing the playwright's rejection of early-twentieth-century sentimentalism and his departure from the 1950s "kitchen sink" realism associated with Arnold Wesker and John Osborne, Knowles explains why audiences at large have had difficulty understanding and sympathizing with Pinter's work. In a chronological survey, Knowles analyzes Pinter's plays - from The Room (1957) to Moonlight (1993) - as well as his films - from The Servant (1963) to The Trial (1993). Knowles divides the writer's voluminous output into two categories, "comedies of menace" and "memory plays." Identifying the fundamental structure of these works, he discusses their anti-sentimentalism, and comments on the themes - including menace, verification, identity, and power struggle - that have dominated Pinter criticism. In addition to reviewing past critiques, Knowles offers fresh appraisals of Pinter's plays and screenplays. He touches on Freudian and absurdist criticism but devotes his primary efforts to original applications of more recent theoretical methods, including new historicism, audience reception, structuralism, feminism, gender studies, and postmodernism.
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Harold Pinter and the Language of Cultural Power

Author: Marc Silverstein

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838752364

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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This book addresses three matters of fundamental importance for an understanding of Harold Pinter's work - how language functions in Pinter's plays, what the relationship is between language and subjectivity in the plays, and what the plays reveal about how language serves as a vehicle for cultural power. Pinter's work rejects any attempt to conceptualize language in terms of reference, expression, or communication. Rather, his plays exhibit a semiotic understanding of language that demands his audience focus not only on parole, the individual speech act, but also on langue, language as structured system that both enables and constrains parole. The langue that Pinter explores is the ensemble of codes, dominant discourses and structures of representation, and fragments of ideology that give voice to cultural power, creating the speaking subject in the image of that power. For all their attempts to "own" language, Pinter's characters discover that words constitute alienable property; that language forms, de-forms, and re-forms subjectivity; that, as a system preceding the individual, language carries embedded within it the values, desires, and imperatives of the Other - the dominant cultural order. By introducing questions of subject position and ideology into his discussion, author Marc Silverstein shows how the plays exhibit a political dimension largely ignored by the bulk of Pinter criticism, which attempts to classify his oeuvre as a form of absurdist drama. It is Silverstein's contention that Pinter does not concern himself with the fate of the individual lost in an incomprehensible and meaningless universe (the "absurdist" Pinter), but instead explores the vicissitudes of living within ideological, discursive, and social structures that always exceed the subject. Through detailed readings of The Birthday Party, The Collection, The Homecoming, Old Times, One for the Road, and Mountain Language, Silverstein argues that what is at stake in these plays is the status of cultural power itself. The plays insistently raise the question, does there exist any possibility for the kind of resistance that can dismantle the network of cultural power, or is that network unassailably monolithic? While arguing that Pinter's plays appear to adopt the latter position, the author emphasizes that these plays still have valuable political lessons to teach. At a moment when much Ideologiekritik naively equates the demystification of ideology and the unveiling of contradictions with the inevitable collapse of that field, Pinter's plays compel us to consider a more viable mode of intervention within cultural formations that seem infinitely recuperable. At a moment when much political theater locates power in individuals, Pinter's emphasis on linguistic codes as vehicles for cultural power reminds us that any decisive attempt to alter the dominant relations of power must involve more than merely replacing those who currently "control" power. Throughout this book, Silverstein argues that we must regard Pinter as fundamentally a political dramatist if we are to appreciate how his plays offer an intensive exploration of how subjectivity emerges in the shadow of cultural power.
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