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Viva Pinter

Gauthier, Brigitte (ed.)

Viva Pinter

Harold Pinter’s Spirit of Resistance

Series: European Connections - Volume 30

Year of Publication: 2009

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XII, 246 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-929-5 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.400 kg, 0.882 lbs

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Book synopsis

In his Nobel speech, entitled Art, Truth and Politics, Harold Pinter explained how he was fighting against the «tapestry of lies». It is indeed those daily lies, lies of love or of state, that are exposed in this book, which emphasises his political agenda. In March 2007, the University of Lyon (Jean Moulin) and the ENS LSH organised VIVA PINTER, a tribute to his work centred on a key notion for the city of Lyon, the Spirit of Resistance. Pinter combined a concise, fragmented and syllogistic style with a keen perception of the metaphors of our time. The most specific instrument of this great humanist lay in his representation of power games. In this volume, scholars, stage-directors and lawyers tell us how his work is highly meaningful for them. Golden Palm winners Volker Schlöndorff and Jerry Schatzberg, film and theatre director David Jones, and BBC radio producer Barbara Bray share with us the memory of how they worked with Pinter on his major plays and films.


Contents: Brigitte Gauthier: Introduction: Pinter’s Spirit of Resistance against the tapestry of lies – Barbara Bray: Pinter’s radio plays – Brigitte Gauthier: Harold Pinter and Volker Schlöndorff: two freedom fighters – Volker Schlöndorff: The Handmaid’s Tale – David Jones: Staging pauses and silences – Jerry Schatzberg: Fred Uhlman’s Reunion – Discussion on Reunion with Michel Ciment and Eric Kahane chaired by Brigitte Gauthier – Philippe Lanton: The Proust Screenplay and Betrayal – Stuart Seide: Staging Pinter, my experience – Jean Pavans: Translating Pinter – Cynthia Liebow: Shakespeare, Beckett and Pinter – Clifford Armion: The Servant and the Elizabethan space – Steven Gale: A great innovator – Jean-Marie Gleize: Introduction to Pinter’s poetry – William Baker: Pinter’s poetry: a topological corpus – Elisabeth Angel-Perez: Ashes to Ashes, Pinter’s Dibbuks – Gregory B. Lee: No More Heroes? The Chinese Nobel Laureates that Weren’t – Odile Belinga: Militant activism: an experience on the ground – Chittaranjan Misra: Illusion, uncertainty and the Indian mind – Chittaranjan Misra: Silencing rites in Pinter – Nicole Boireau: A theatre of moral values – Roberto Andò: Ritratto di Harold Pinter – Roberto Andò: Remembering others – Brigitte Gauthier: Conclusion: Pinter and the power games of daily fascism.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: Brigitte Gauthier is a Professor of Film and Drama Studies in the English Department of the University of Lyon (Jean Moulin) and a Member of the IETT. A graduate of Columbia University Film School (MFA, 1993) and of the Sorbonne (Ph.D., 1993), she is the author of Histoire du cinéma américain (1995); Télévision et société aux États-Unis (1999) and Le Langage chorégraphique de Pina Bausch (2009). She has translated several books for DIXIT on screenwriting including Robert McKee’s Story. Her publications on Harold Pinter include Harold Pinter, the Caretaker of the Fragments of Modernity (1996); Harold Pinter, le maître de la fragmentation (2002); Harold Pinter et les dramaturges de la fragmentation (2002); Dramaturges et cinéastes de l’antipsychiatrie : Entretiens sur l’ère de la fragmentation (2003).


European Connections. Vol. 30
Edited by Peter Collier