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The Cambridge Introduction to Tom Stoppard
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  • 15 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 177 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.42 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 822/.914
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: PR6069.T6 Z617 2012
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Stoppard, Tom--Criticism and interpretation
    • DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.--bisacsh

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The Cambridge Introduction to Tom Stoppard
Cambridge University Press
9781107021952 - The Cambridge Introduction to Tom Stoppard - By William W. Demastes
Table of Contents

Contents

List of illustrations
vii
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction: Stoppardianism
1
Professional chronology
5
1       Stoppard: briefly, a life in the theatre
14
2       Keys to Stoppard’s theatre
25
Stoppard’s language
27
Stoppard’s staged thought experiments
30
Change is the only constant
32
But is it art?
34
On human nature and human consciousness
38
The political animal
41
To sum up
44
3       The breakthrough years
45
Two early works
45
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: living and dying in theatre time
48
Lord Malquist and Mr. Moon: a novel idea
53
4       Playing with the stage
60
Jumpers: not your father’s (or mother’s) philosophy lesson
63
Travesties: art in an apocalyptic nutshell
69
Night and Day: journalism in the shadows
74
5       Science takes the stage
79
Hapgood: now you see me, now you don’t
80
Arcadia: with a world like this, heaven can wait
84
6       Love is in the air
92
The Real Thing: what is really real?
93
Indian Ink: never the twain . . .
98
Shakespeare in Love: a signature collaboration
102
The Invention of Love: Victoriana made curious
107
7       Politics humanized
114
The Coast of Utopia: the offshoring of politics
115
Part One: Voyage
117
Part Two: Shipwreck
121
Part Three: Salvage
126
Rock’n’Roll: the real revolution of the spirit
130
Conclusion: The play’s the thing
136
Appendix: Stoppard’s theatre: a summary
138
Notes
148
Guide to further reading
156
Index
160



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