Audience control, British political theatre and the Pinter methodPart of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.2, No.1, 1994, pages 159-170
Recent research on theatre and film spectatorhip has proved how complex a task it is to define the audience and predetermine its response. Still, playwrights, especially political ones, try to anticipate their audience and find ways of control of audience reception. Harold Pinter's political plays are a special case for study because, while on the surface they follow his old stylistic tactics of openness and ambiguity, underneath they give a strong feeling of tightness, closure and design. Visual and verbal strategies of cognitive and emotive nature employed in those texts are explored and discussed in association with Pinter's increasing eagerness to direct his own work or give model readings of it.
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