The Vital Lie
Reality and Illusion in Modern Drama

 

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The Vital Lie
Reality and Illusion in Modern Drama

by Anthony Abbott (Author)

 

Paperback / softback

ISBN: 9780817312022

 

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"The Vital Lie" is the first book to examine the reality-illusion conflict in modern drama from Ibsen to present-day playwrights.


"The Vital Lie" is the first book to examine the reality-illusion conflict in modern drama from Ibsen to present-day playwrights. The book questions why vital lies, lies necessary for life itself, are such an obsessive concern for playwrights of the last hundred years. Using the work of fifteen playwrights, Abbott seeks to discover if modern playwrights treat illusions as helpful or necessary to life, or as signals of sicknesses from which human beings need to be cured. What happens to characters when they are forced to face the truth about themselves and their worlds without the protection of their illusions? The author develops a three-part historical analysis of the use of the reality-illusion theme, from its origins as a metaphysical search to its current elaborations as a theatrical game.


 

ISBN 817312021
ISBN13 9780817312022
Publisher The University of Alabama Press
Format Paperback / softback
Publication date 15/08/2003
Pages 256 pp
Weight (grammes) 395
Published in United States
Height (mm) 233
Width (mm) 148