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"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Jumpers" and "The Real Thing" By Robert Gordon

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Jumpers" and "The Real Thing"
by Robert Gordon

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Stoppard has the reputation for being a witty and skillful manipulator of theatrical forms. This book examines the philosophical basis of his attitude to contemporary cultural forms and tries to show how the meaning of the plays is realized in performance
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"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Jumpers" and "The Real Thing" Summary

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Jumpers" and "The Real Thing" by Robert Gordon

This book considers three of Stoppard's most famous stage plays. Stoppard's preference for meta-theatrical game-playing is presented as a consequence of his post-modernist perception that it is only possible for an artist to represent the world by reflecting the forms of contemporary culture through which individual experience is mediated. In accordance with the aim of the series, the book tries to show how the meaning and philosophical underpinning of the play is brought out in performance.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Text: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" - plays within plays - Stoppard on "Hamlet" and "Waiting for Godot"; wheels within wheels - the plot as fate; "Jumpers" - George vs the logical positivists - Stoppard on philosophy, literary-dramatic pastiche - the plot as a game; "The Real Thing" - Stoppard's West End play - the playwright responds to his critics, themes - love of art and the art of love. Part 2 Performance: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at the Old Vic, 1967 - creating the world of the play - sets costumes and effects, styles of acting - actors on the art of being; "Jumpers" - the prologue in performance, visual aspects - sets, costumes, props and special effects, characterization and acting style; "The Real Thing" - playing with West End conventions, visual aspects - set and props, acting and being - text and subtext.

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"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Jumpers" and "The Real Thing" by Robert Gordon
Robert Gordon
Text & Performance S.
Used - Very Good
Palgrave Macmillan
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