Three Uses Of The Knife

Three Uses Of The Knife

That's the reason I shaved my face—to look nice for her. and when she betrayed me, I used the same knife to ensure she gave her love to no one else. So the dramatist, the blues writer in us, seizes upon the knife as both embodying and ...

Author: David Mamet

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350129016

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 64

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Now published in the Bloomsbury Revelations series, this is a classic work on the power and importance of drama by renowned American playwright, screenwriter and essayist David Mamet. In this short but arresting series of essays, David Mamet explains the necessity, purpose and demands of drama. A celebration of the ties that bind art to life, Three Uses of the Knife is an enthralling read for anyone who has sat anxiously waiting for the lights to go up on Act 1. In three tightly woven essays of characteristic force and resonance, Mamet speaks about the connection of art to life, language to power, imagination to survival, public spectacle to private script. Self-assured and filled with autobiographical touches Three Uses of the Knife is a call to art and arms, a manifesto that reminds us of the singular power of the theatre to keep us sane, whole and human.
Categories: Performing Arts

Three Uses Of The Knife

Three Uses Of The Knife

Now published in the Bloomsbury Revelations series, this is a classic work on the power and importance of drama by renowned American playwright, screenwriter and essayist David Mamet.

Author: David Mamet

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350129009

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 64

View: 657

Now published in the Bloomsbury Revelations series, this is a classic work on the power and importance of drama by renowned American playwright, screenwriter and essayist David Mamet. In this short but arresting series of essays, David Mamet explains the necessity, purpose and demands of drama. A celebration of the ties that bind art to life, Three Uses of the Knife is an enthralling read for anyone who has sat anxiously waiting for the lights to go up on Act 1. In three tightly woven essays of characteristic force and resonance, Mamet speaks about the connection of art to life, language to power, imagination to survival, public spectacle to private script. Self-assured and filled with autobiographical touches Three Uses of the Knife is a call to art and arms, a manifesto that reminds us of the singular power of the theatre to keep us sane, whole and human.
Categories: Performing Arts

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

The knife as an ambiguous symbol of penetration is the central metaphor of " Three Uses of the Knife , " a collection of Mamet's lectures about theatre to be published later this year , in which he recounts an anecdote first told by the ...

Author: John Lahr

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520233778

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

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"What a talented, wonderful, and complete writer."--Mel Brooks "By far the best thing about my stuff I've ever read."--Arthur Miller "These are wonderful portraits."--Edna O'Brien "The high-water mark of theatrical reportage. Exhilarating! Smart! Lahr gives as much thunderous pleasure as the great entertainers he writes about."--Richard Avedon "There's never been an American critic like John Lahr. His writing exalts, honors, and dignifies the profession and, more importantly, the art."--Tony Kushner
Categories: Performing Arts

The Art of Crime

The Art of Crime

Thomas P.Adler uses Mamet's Three Uses of the Knife, three brief lectures on the nature and purpose of drama, as a springboard for his impressive essay on three Mamet works in three distinct genres. In his inspired approach to Mamet's ...

Author: Leslie Kane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135883560

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Plays Screenplays and Films of David Mamet

The Plays  Screenplays and Films of David Mamet

Thomas P. Adler places his account of the play alongside a pithy and reliable summary of Mamet's brilliant but typically elusive Three Uses of the Knife (1998), a study of dramatic composition.14 This book expands upon Mamet's ...

Author: Steven Price

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137050335

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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David Mamet is arguably the most important living American playwright. This Guide provides an up-to-date study of the key criticism on the full range of Mamet's work. It engages with his work in film as well as in the theatre, offering a synoptic overview of, and critical commentary on, the scholarly criticism of each play, screenplay or film.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gender and Genre

Gender and Genre

In Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama, Mamet conceives of the knife as providing a “drive-to-resolution” (67) in dramatic structure. Quoting Leadbelly (also Huddie Ledbetter, see epigraph), Mamet reasons that ...

Author: C. Hudgins

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230109209

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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Critical and popular debate about Mamet's work often centers on whether we should read his misogynist, unloving characters as reflecting his own misogyny or should recognize a Mametian irony in his memorable depictions. Irony is intimately related to issues of genre and to audience expectations. In turn, Mamet's celebrity colors responses to his work. The essays in this collection approach these controversial topics of gender and genre with verve, ranging from those which cast Mamet as a macho misogynist to those which understand his work as deeply ironic and even feminist. Topics include plays from the early Sexual Perversity in Chicago to the recent Jolly , two films, House of Games and Homicide , and Mamet's first novel, The Village.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

Mamet, David, Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama (New York: Columbia UP, 1998). Murphy, Brenda, 'Albee's Threnodies: Box-Mao-Box, All Over, The Lady from Dubuque and Three Tall Women'. In Stephen Bottoms (ed.) ...

Author: Christopher Innes

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408134801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 927

Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years. This authoritative guide leads you through the work of 25 major contemporary American playwrights, discussing more than 140 plays in detail. Written by a team of 25 eminent international scholars, each chapter provides: · a biographical introduction to the playwright's work; · a survey and concise analysis of the writer's most important plays; · a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and critical reception; · a bibliography of published plays and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. The abundance of work analysed enables fresh, illuminating conclusions to be drawn about the development of contemporary American playwriting.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Joy Ride

Joy Ride

His specialty is carving animal figures for his three daughters—Willa (fourteen) and Zosia (nine), both from his ... The knife as an ambiguous symbol of penetration is the central metaphor of Three Uses of the Knife, a collection of ...

Author: John Lahr

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408868645

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 592

View: 926

'John Lahr manages to write better about the theatre than anybody in the English language,' says Richard Eyre. Joy Ride, which includes the best of his New Yorker profiles and reviews, makes his expertise and his exhilaration palpable. From modern greats, like Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Tony Kushner and August Wilson, through the work of directors like Nicholas Hytner and Ingmar Bergman, to Shakespeare himself, the depth of Lahr's understanding is plain to see and extraordinary to read. He brings the reader up close and personal to the artists and their art. Whether you are a regular theatre-goer, or just starting out, Lahr's book delights as both a celebration and a guide.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Tool Instinct

The Tool Instinct

... a tool is beneficial over time due to a positive ratio of time spent for repeated use to time spent making it. For example, after two or three uses of a handleless knife tool, an individual could decide, before the fourth use, ...

Author: François Osiurak

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119720324

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

View: 385

Humans use countless tools and are constantly creating new ones. We are so prone to materiality that the changes we implement in our environment could put our very survival at stake. It has therefore become necessary to question the cognitive origins of this materiality. The Tool Instinct examines this subject by diametrically setting aside the idea that tool use is limited to manual activity. It proposes an original perspective that surpasses a great number of false beliefs regarding the relationship between humans and tools. The author argues that the human tendency to create and use tools relies on our ability (one that may be unique to our species) to generate our own physical problems, thereby resulting in a reasoning that is directed towards our physical world.
Categories: Psychology