New Theatre Quarterly 66: Volume 17, Part 2

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Clive Barker, Simon Trussler
Cambridge University Press, May 10, 2001 - Drama - 100 pages
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New Theatre Quarterly provides a lively international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet, and where prevailing dramatic assumptions can be subjected to vigorous critical questioning. Articles in volume 66 will include: Dario Fo, the Commune, and the Battle for the Palazzina Liberty; Dramaturgy according to Daedalus; 'Other' Spaces of Translation: the Theatre of Bernard-Marie Koltès; 'Everybody Got Their Brown Dress': Millennium Revivals of the Medieval Mysteries; 'Suffrage Shrews': Mary Pickford's Katherina and the Stratford Visit to Los Angeles; Alternative Theatre in Poland since 1989.
 

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Dario Fo the Commune and the Battle for the Palazzina Liberty
99
the Odin Teatret Production of Mythos
110
Mystery Plays for the Millennium
123
The Theatre of BernardMarie Koltes and the Other Spaces of Translation
141
Expressionist Dramatist as Nazi Minister of Culture
161
Gitta Sereny and Albert Speers Battle with Truth on the London Stage
170
The Alternative Theatre in Poland since 1989
186
NTQ Book Reviews
195
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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.

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