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Title: Alienation in the plays of Alfrid Faraj and Peter Weiss : a comparative study
Author: Debs, Laila Ahmad
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1993
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This study examines the concept of alienation and the various forms of its expression within the dominating theme of justice in four of Alfrid Faraj and Peter Weiss's full length plays. Both dramatists regard alienation as an inevitable state which their idealistic heroes accept as a consequence of their struggle against the injustice predominating their environments. Although the state of alienation is imposed on their protagonists, it serves as a more favourable alternative to that of popular submission to petty human concerns and materialistic greed. One form of expression of this concept is through the binary levels of existence both playwrights create in their plots; the intellectuals versus the uninitiated, the oppressed struggling against their oppressors, reality opposing the power of the imagination, and the mind rebelling against the body. The other is evident in the different dramatic forms employed in the four selected plays. The aim of this study is to examine the extent of Alfrid Faraj's successful attempt at employing contemporary Western dramatic forms to serve his local subject matter. The main concern in the comparative approach is to alter the view that Arab dramatists have yet a lot to learn from the experimentation of their Western counterparts and to indicate the level to which drama in the Arab world can further develop when playwrights such as Faraj continue to experiment with new dramatic forms.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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