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Title: Masks of women : a study of female characters in Harold Pinter's dramatic work.
Author: Sakellaridou-Hadzispyrou, Elizabeth.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3545 7498
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1984
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·The aim of this thesis is to trace the patterns in feminine characterisation in Harold Pinter's dramatic work. The Introduction touches on certain aspects of the writer's life and gives an overall picture of his work and the critics' reaction to it. It also lays out the subject of the thesis and gives a brief account of the successive changes in Pinter's depiction of women characters. Chapter One opens with a short analysis of the dramatist's early unpublished novel The Dwarfs, which sets up a distinct model for the creation of female characters in many of the subsequent plays. It then goes on to examine the early plays, which visualise the woman according to archetypal and mythical notions, and also traces the persistence of such patterns in later dramatic works. Chapter Two looks at several intermediate plays, i • , in which women stop being seen through the male characters' eyes and start speaking for themselves in their own right. Chapter Three is devoted to Pinter's all-male plays,.which reveal a peculiar tendency to create strong male leagues and exclude women from masculine society. This hostile attitude to women is felt even in mixed-character plays and it leads to the debasement of weaker female characters or the isolation of the .stronger ones. Chapter Four focuses on those later plays where female characterisation becomes totally androgynous and the masculine and feminine principles are brought into balance. Chapter Five deals with Pinter's most recent plays, which show him a profoundly humane dramatist, treating his characters with sensitivity and sustained compassion, though his vision of the human condition remains deeply pessimistic. The Conclusion places the problem of Pinter's portrayal of women within the general spectrum of his writing and draws attention to his ever changing and evolving art.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature Literature Mass media Performing arts