John Orr

University of Edinburgh

Articles de l'auteur

Cycnos | Volume 12 n°1 | I.

Pinter and the paranoid style in English theatre

“The paranoid style in English theatre comes from the fight over territory, which is a struggle over the space of the stage itself. In the main, it is the legacy of the naturalist theatre and its three-walled room, but also of the dwelling within which the room is housed. One ingredient is essential to the nature of the fight — intrusion. The door to the room is the point of entry, a psychic as well as a physical threshold over which the visitor passes. Here the term ‘visitor’ is too neutral to evoke the dramatic effect. The visitor is always an intruder who makes the crossing into the dwelling-space. There is in this movement, a key moment of violation which ranges in its stage poeti...”

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