The World of Jean Anouilh (Perspectives in Criticism, #7) Leonard C. Pronko

ISBN: 9780520010352

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The World of Jean Anouilh (Perspectives in Criticism, #7)  by  Leonard C. Pronko

The World of Jean Anouilh (Perspectives in Criticism, #7) by Leonard C. Pronko
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The high comedy of Jean Anouilh has found a large and enthusiastic public over the past few years both in England and the United States. Oddly. despite critical and popular acclaim. there has been no full-length treatment of Anouilh in English sinceMoreThe high comedy of Jean Anouilh has found a large and enthusiastic public over the past few years both in England and the United States. Oddly. despite critical and popular acclaim. there has been no full-length treatment of Anouilh in English since 1953, when his audiences outside France were small.This present work is the only comprehensive examination of this brilliant dramatist and his art which has been addressed to his new audiences in this country.

Mr. Pronkos aim has been to write a self-contained introduction to Anouilh for the non-specialist. Avoiding critical pronouncements, he presents all of the plays of Anouilh in the form of interpretation and summary. His discussion of the playwrights chief dramatic ideas and of his purposes and development is not only admirably thorough and direct, but also makes lively reading.The first part of the book–Dramatic Themes–examines Anouilhs major preoccupations: Mans vision of himself and his place in the universe- the various illusory forms of love- money, both as symbol and as problem- and the question of social caste.

In the second part–Dramatic Values–the author stresses the way in which Anouilh has handled themes that bear a more direct relation to his dramatic art: the theater as life and life as theatre- the meaning of Realism in the theater- the function of the characters- and the use of myth. Throughout, Mr. Pronko has sought to illuminate Anouilhs vision of Man. To that end he has written simply, clearly, and factually for both the serious student of drama and the layman. His book contains eight photographs.



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