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The Late Harold Pinter

Political Dramatist, Poet and Activist

Authors: Chiasson, Basil

  • Examines Pinter's often overlooked work in alternative media, from poetry to speeches
  • Draws extensively on little-accessed archival material to bring further insights into Pinter's creative process
  • Views Pinter's political output through the lens of affect
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This volume is the first to provide a book-length study of Pinter’s overtly political activity. With chapters on political drama, poetry, and speeches, it charts a consistent tension between aesthetics and politics through Pinter’s later career and defines the politics of the work in terms of a pronounced sensory dimension and capacity to affect audiences. The book brings to light unpublished letters and drafts from the Pinter Archive in the British Library and draws his political poems and speeches, which have previously been overshadowed by his plays, into the foreground. Intended for students, instructors, and researchers in drama and theatre, performance studies, literature, and media studies, this book celebrates Pinter’s later life and work by discerning a coherent political voice and project and by registering the complex ways that project troubles the divide between aesthetics and politics.

About the authors

Basil Chiasson is Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the AHRC-funded ‘Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies’ research team. Previous publications include contributions to Modern Drama, The Theatre of Harold Pinter and Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: On the Meaning of Late, Affect, and Aestheticizing Politics

    Chiasson, Basil

    Pages 1-29

  • The ‘Early’ Years: A ‘More Precisely Political’ Drama

    Chiasson, Basil

    Pages 31-69

  • Political Drama through the 1990s and After: Dialogue Is the Thing

    Chiasson, Basil

    Pages 71-115

  • The Political Verse: A Poetics of Force

    Chiasson, Basil

    Pages 117-148

  • A ‘Citizen of the World’: Aestheticizing Politics

    Chiasson, Basil

    Pages 149-183

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50816-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50815-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Late Harold Pinter
Book Subtitle
Political Dramatist, Poet and Activist
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50816-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50816-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50815-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 245
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