David Mamet: Language as Dramatic Action

David Mamet: Language as Dramatic Action

David Mamet: Language as Dramatic Action

David Mamet: Language as Dramatic Action

Synopsis

This book supports the claim that David Mamet is possibly the first true verse dramatist by examining in detail his celebrated use of language as dramatic action. Five of Mamet's best known plays are studied in detail: Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo, A Life in the Theatre, Edmond, and Glengarry Glen Ross.

Excerpt

The main subject of this book is David Mamet's celebrated use of language as dramatic action. in order to appreciate fully his linguistic techniques, it is necessary to look at his strategies not only as a playwright but also, to a lesser extent, as a writer of screenplays. in the introductory chapter, therefore, I have utilized extracts from many of Mamet's works in order to give some indication of his range as a dramatic poet.

There then follows a detailed study of the five plays that, I believe, best illustrate his versatility with language. Chronologically, these are: Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo, a Life in the Theatre, Edmond, and Glengarry Glen Ross. Each of these has been produced both in Great Britain and in the United States, and I have included critical reviews from both countries where these add to a thorough understanding of Mamet's drama.

All in-text parenthetical citations of Mamet's plays refer to the editions listed in the Select Bibliography.

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