Howard Barker: Politics and Desire - An Expository Study of His Drama and Poetry, 1969-87
Howard Barker: Politics and Desire - An Expository Study of His Drama and Poetry, 1969-87 by David Ian Rabey
Howard Barker: Politics and Desire - An Expository Study of His Drama and Poetry, 1969-87 Author: David Ian Rabey
Title: Howard Barker: Politics and Desire - An Expository Study of His Drama and Poetry, 1969-87
ISBN: 0333443403
ISBN13: 978-0333443408
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Pages: 312 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (May 17, 1989)
Language: English
Category: Arts & Photography
Size PDF version: 1471 kb
Size EPUB version: 1865 kb
Subcategory: Performing Arts




This is the first full-length critical assessement of this British dramatist, whose recognition and influence is steadily extending to a position of international eminence. Particular attention is given to Barker's movements in style toward a unique form of political expressionism, his rejection of liberal humanism, his characteristically ruthless and holy vision of sexuality and its radicalizing power, the growing importance and redefinition of existentialism in a social context and the honing of a verbal style based on extravagant rhythms and a humour which alternately undermines and elevates. The author also discusses Barker's achievements in a spirit of theatrical, political and sexual re-evaluation, drawing on conversations with noted stage interpreters of Barker: Penny Downie, Paul Freeman, Gary Oldman, Maggie Steed, Harriet Walter and Ian McDiarmid, in order to build up a theatrical sense of the possibilities in Barker's plays and poems.