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Title: A war on two fronts : The plays of David Hare 1973-86.
Author: Homden, Carol.
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 1989
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This thesis, which encompasses a comprehensive survey of David Hare's published plays from the period 1973-86, examines his work as a product of a war on two fronts - with conventional/established British history and within himself about the nature of socialist ideals. The result is a challenge to the tendency to place him within a European tradition of documentary or Epic Theatre initiated by Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht. Nevertheless, to resolve his own conflicts, Hare commonly uses distancing techniques. He sets his plays in the past, he mediates his (necessarily male) perspective through women protagonists and the action is frequently located at a geographical distance - either in the English provinces or beyond England altogether. His search is to accommodate the modern and to achieve a valid perspective from which to make a moral judgement within the clamour of conflicting propagandas. His use of film and television - Hare writes, edits and directs his own work - reflects this search for a single perspective. What might seem a political anger stands revealed as a form of revenge against a supposed class alienation and generational disinheritance. The war on two fronts is not - as is commonly supposed- the world war and the class war, but the nature of history and of the self. In this sense Hare's work is classical, based on the dualism of good and evil, life and death. This is evident from as early as 1975, when an extended exploration of the nature of art commences. After a period of self-conscious argument, history becomes a matter of personal memory and of catharsis rather than of political solution, and art itself the only salvation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature