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Tom Stoppard's Plays : Patterns of Plenitude and Parsimony

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In Tom Stoppard's Plays: Patterns of Plenitude and Parsimony Nigel Purse assesses the complete canon of Tom Stoppard's works on a thematic basis. He explains that, amongst the plenitude of chaotic comedy, wordplay and intellectual ping-pong of Stoppard's plays, the principle of parsimony that is Occam's razor lies at the heart of his works. He identifies key patterns in theme - ethics and duality - and method - Stoppard's stage debates and his dramatic vehicles - as well as in theatrical devices.

Quoting extensively from all Stoppard's published works, many of his interviews and also unpublished material Nigel Purse arrives at a comprehensive and unique appraisal of Stoppard's plays.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 654 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 40.64mm | 1,147g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004318364
  • 9789004318366

Table of contents

FOREWORD
PROLOGUE
OCCAM'S RAZOR
THE STOPPARDIAN STAGE DEBATE
THE VEHICLE VERSUS THE IDEA
ETHICS
DUALISM-ILLUSION AND REALITY
STOPPARD'S THEATRICALITY
STOPPARD'S TIME SHIFTS
CODA
APPENDICES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INDEX
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Review quote

"In a nutshell, Nigel Purse has succeeded in his study Tom Stoppard's Plays: Patterns of Plenitude and Parsimony by application of Occam's razor - which he identifies as the foundation of Stoppard's work itself - to identify the central leitmotifs that make up the playwright's truly entire canon. He does so in a most elaborate and comprehensive way not shying away from any archive or obscure publication of the artist."
- Holger Sudkamp, Neuss, Symbolism Vol. 17 2017
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About Nigel Purse

Nigel Purse has an MA in Modern History from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and an MBA from Cass (formerly City) University. He has a wide and keen interest in theatre, the arts and history.
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