New Theatre Quarterly 34: Volume 9, Part 2

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Clive Barker, Simon Trussler
Cambridge University Press, Aug 19, 1993 - Drama - 96 pages
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This is edition number 34 of the New Theatre Quarterly, which provides a lively international forum for discussion of topics of current interest in theatre studies, whether from the perspective of theory, methodology, philosophy or history.

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Why Did Antigone Kill Herself?
The Heroine the Harpy and the Human Being
a Case of Radical Community Theatre
the Dramaturgy of Len Jenkin and Mac Wellman
the Search for a Lesbian Theatre Aesthetic
Dancing for the Blind or with the Blind? New Directions in Movement Research
The Intercultural Experience and the Kathakali King Lear
Shakespeare Bibliography and Performance Studies
NTQ Reports and Announcements
NTQ Book Reviews

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About the author (1993)

Critics of the horror story have frequently called Clive Barker the "British Stephen King". Born in Liverpool in 1952, Barker attended the University of Liverpool but moved to London in 1977, where he worked as a commercial artist and became involved with the avant-garde theatrical community. Primarily a playwright during this period, he also produced short fiction that he would eventually publish as part of his six-volume collection titled Books of Blood (1984-85). More than any other author of contemporary horror fiction, Barker has had a major impact on the direction of the genre. He has introduced strong elements of sex and graphic violence into his fiction, but these elements are employed with an artistic objective. Barker underscores his work with complex subtextual metaphors and artistic allusions. Preoccupied with the craft of writing and with its effect on the reader, Barker is an innovator of formula and genre, often parodying the former in order to change the philosophical contour of the latter. Barker has achieved commercial success not only with his short fiction but also with his novels, which tend to be epic in scope and to blend elements of horror with those of high fantasy. Barker is one of the more influential voices in horror cinema, having written and directed a number of films. His printed works include The Candle in the Cloud, Absolute Midnight, The Scarlet Gospels, and Black is the Devil's Rainbow: Tales of a Journeyman. His films include Dread, Tortured Souls: Animae Damanatae, and Hellraiser.

John Marston (c. 1575-1634) was an English playwright who wrote thirteen plays between 1599 and 1609, his two finest being the tragicomedy "The Malcontent" (1604) and the comedy "The Dutch Courtesan" (1605). He is noted for his violent imagery and his preoccupation with mankind's failure to uphold Christian virtues. Other plays include the tragedies "Antonio's Revenge" and "Antonio and Mellida "(both 1599) and the comedy "What You Will "(1601). At the turn of the century Marston became involved in the so-called war of the theatres, a prolonged feud with his rival Ben Jonson. Jonson repeatedly satirized him in such plays as "Every Man Out of His Humour "(1599) and The Poetaster (1601), while Marston replied in "Satiromastix "(with Thomas Dekker; 1601). Their squabble ended in time for the two to collaborate with George Chapman on the ill-fated" Eastward Ho! "(1605), which resulted in all three authors being briefly imprisoned. Marston was later imprisoned for offending James I with his tragedy "The Insatiate Countess" (1610). After his release he took holy orders and wrote no more plays.

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