Political tension and existentialist angst in the drama of Harold Pinter and Isam Mahfuz. (c2012)

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dc.contributor.author Roumani, Joelle
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-05T12:06:18Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-05T12:06:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-02-05
dc.date.submitted 2012-05-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1458
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 116-119). en_US
dc.description.abstract This research presents a detailed comparative analysis between Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter and ‘Isām Mahfūz’s The Dictator. It transcends linguistic, cultural and historical boundaries to explore the cross-resonance between these two plays and the sharp dramatic, political, and existential affiliations between their two playwrights. In a significant manner, both plays distinctively reveal Pinter and Mahfūz’s conscientious political stand against manipulation and totalitarianism. They represent the defeated and crushed victims of modern democratic systems as they expose the underlying hypocrisy and dinginess of their practices. Through theories of existentialism, especially Jean Paul Sartre’s main philosophical precepts of human freedom as a condemnation rather than a blessing and of man’s free choice as burdening, and Albert Camus’s notion of the absurdity of life and existence, this thesis argues that Both Sa‛dūn and Gus are afflicted with angst being the quintessential representatives of existential heroes who are heavily caught in the absurdity of existence and who tremendously suffer from the consequences of their free choices. Different theater productions and adaptations of the two plays are also fully examined to dwell on their enduring influence on and reception by viewers at different times and places as they deliver an undying comment on man’s inescapable sense of ennui and on the duplicity of modern politics. The study analyzes the commonalities between Pinter and Mahfūz. The thematic analysis draws on the similarities between their representations of a debased human condition in an afflicted world where political, social, and moral corruption have become the norm. Structurally, the study explores the similarities and differences between the two playwrights’ dramatic styles, their use of language, and their restructuring of a new form of dramatic irony. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Pinter, Harold -- 1930-2008 -- Dumb waiter en_US
dc.subject Mahfouz, Issam -- 1939-2006 -- Dictator en_US
dc.subject Comparative literature -- English and Arabic en_US
dc.subject Drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism en_US
dc.title Political tension and existentialist angst in the drama of Harold Pinter and Isam Mahfuz. (c2012) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200600541 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Lina Abynd
dc.author.commembers Dr. Jenine Abboushi
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: ix, 119 leaves; 31 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Nada Saab
dc.keywords Pinter en_US
dc.keywords Mahfūz en_US
dc.keywords Theater en_US
dc.keywords Absurdism en_US
dc.keywords Political Tension en_US
dc.keywords Existentialist Angst en_US
dc.keywords Staging Performances en_US
dc.keywords Dramatic Language en_US
dc.keywords Reversed Dramatic Irony en_US
dc.keywords Farce en_US
dc.keywords Tragicomedy en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2012.27 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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