Pinter’s politics of violencePart of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.2, No.1, 1994, pages 119-125
In The Hothouse, One for the Road, and Mountain Language, the English dramatist Harold Pinter employs “closed” organizations or institutions as models to analyze the manner in which the interactions of people in face-to-face encounters become distorted under the influence of violence. The plays are written in a non-didactic, seemingly impartial style, which forms a remarkable contrast to Pinter’s concern with the victims of violence, but which is an important element of his dramaturgy. Pinter takes the side of the oppressed individual and denounces as violent what masquerades as law and order. He also shows a tendency to be subversive, in that he questions public authority and reveals the strategies by which authority is preserved. In so far as he exposes the various shapes which violence can take, his plays are manifestations of his politics of violence.
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