Arnold Wesker Revisited Reade W. Dornan

ISBN: 9780805770315

Published: December 12th 1994

Hardcover

168 pages


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Arnold Wesker Revisited  by  Reade W. Dornan

Arnold Wesker Revisited by Reade W. Dornan
December 12th 1994 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 168 pages | ISBN: 9780805770315 | 7.34 Mb

In this penetrating reexamination of one of Britains preeminent Angry Young Men, Reade W. Dornan looks at Weskers plays (particularly those written since 1970) from a 1990s perspective, seeking to restore balance to the critical consensus onMoreIn this penetrating reexamination of one of Britains preeminent Angry Young Men, Reade W. Dornan looks at Weskers plays (particularly those written since 1970) from a 1990s perspective, seeking to restore balance to the critical consensus on Wesker and to underscore the important role he has played in the development of English theater.

Illuminating the areas of discord between Wesker and theater circles and critics - from the internal politics of the ill-fated Centre 42, a cooperative enterprise for working-class artists, to the actors mutiny of the 1971 Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Journalists - Dornan judiciously mixes Weskers responses to such biases with critical commentary on the plays themselves, from characterization to the broader social issues Wesker addresses.

Chronicling the influence of his Jewish background on his writing, Dornan observes that Wesker has evolved into what she calls a melancholy humanist - a shift in perspective for which a broad segment of the left-leaning literary establishment has never forgiven him. Dornan argues that Wesker has found his voice as a humanist, as a champion of individual rights and human values, while defending the causes of the dispossessed, and that it is not his political alignment so much as a Jewish humanist philosophy that shapes his thoughts.

Dornan ultimately observes that, as the playwright himself has said, Weskers plays come out of his own experience, establishing him as a thoughtful writer who has stubbornly defied being pigeonholed - be it as heir to Osbornes existential worldview or as a socialist playwright - to carve out his own place in the British theater.



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