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Forging a Language

Forging a Language
A Study of the Plays of Eugene 'Neill


  • Date Published: January 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521285230

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  • What must dramatic language do? Jean Chothia suggests it must shape our apprehension of individual character, at the same time conveying more to the audience than to the other characters; it must present us with a continually developing action as each speech emphasises or modifies our perception of what has gone before; and the action and staging must be so related to the dramatic language that they become its necessary complement in our experience of the play. In this lucid and perceptive 1979 account of O'Neill's linguistic development as a dramatist, Dr Chothia assesses how far he may be said to have fulfilled these obligations, a question on which critical opinion is sharply divided. Dr Chothia explores O'Neill's erratic career phase by phase, his use of literary models, his mastery of a wide range of registers from Swedish to Irish immigrant, as well as the imagery he forged amongst other things.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521285230
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Table showing linguistic medium of O'Neill's plays
    1. O'Neill and the American theatre
    2. O'Neill's literary biography
    3. The American vernacular in the early plays
    4. the failure of language in the middle years
    5. The late plays and the development of 'significant form': The Iceman Cometh
    6. Significant form: Long Day's Journey Into Night
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Jean Chothia

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