New Theatre Quarterly 34: Volume 9, Part 2

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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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Contents

Why Did Antigone Kill Herself?
107
The Heroine the Harpy and the Human Being
110
a Case of Radical Community Theatre
121
the Dramaturgy of Len Jenkin and Mac Wellman
134
the Search for a Lesbian Theatre Aesthetic
147
Dancing for the Blind or with the Blind? New Directions in Movement Research
159
The Intercultural Experience and the Kathakali King Lear
172
Shakespeare Bibliography and Performance Studies
179
NTQ Reports and Announcements
192
NTQ Book Reviews
196
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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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