Self-consciously staging itself in the psychotherapy sessions of a disturbed young man, Peter Shaffer's Equus is a shocking exploration of the limits of faith, of the intersecting worlds of the sacred and profane, and of the paltry value of a 'mundane' life, published in Penguin Modern Classics. When a deranged boy, Alan Strang, blinds six horses with a metal spike he is sentenced to psychiatric treatment. Dr Dysart is the man given the task of uncovering what happened the night Strang committed his crime, but in doing so will open up his own wounds. Dysart struggles in secret to define sanity, to justify his marriage, to account for his career, and finds himself questioning the 'normality' of his way of life. Ultimately, he must ask himself: is it patient or psychiatrist whose life is being laid bare? The most shocking play of its day, Equus uses an act of violence to explore faith, insanity and how the materialism of modern life can destroy humanity's capacity for pain and passion. Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), born in Liverpool, is an English playwright. Among his plays are The Salt Land (1954), Equus (1973) which won Shaffer the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Amadeus (1979) which won the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Theatre Critics Award for the London production, as well as being adapted into a 1984 film starring F. Murray Abraham and Simon Callow. If you enjoyed Equus, you might like Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Sensationally good' Guardian 'A very important play' The New York Times
Author: Matthew H. Bowker
Release Date: 2016-03-22
Genre: Political Science
Matthew H. Bowker offers a novel analysis of "experience": the vast and influential concept that has shaped Western social theory and political practice for the past half-millennium. While it is difficult to find a branch of modern thought, science, industry, or art that has not relied in some way on the notion of "experience" in defining its assumptions or aims, no study has yet applied a politically-conscious and psychologically-sensitive critique to the construct of experience. Doing so reveals that most of the qualities that have been attributed to experience over the centuries — particularly its unthinkability, its correspondence with suffering, and its occlusion of the self — are part of unlikely fantasies or ideologies. By analyzing a series of related cases, including the experiential education movement, the ascendency of trauma theory, the philosophy of the social contract, and the psychological study of social isolation, the book builds a convincing case that ideologies of experience are invoked not to keep us close to lived realities and ‘things-in-themselves,’ but, rather, to distort and destroy true knowledge of ourselves and others. In spite of enduring admiration for those who may be called champions of experience, such as Michel de Montaigne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others treated throughout the work, the ideologies of experience ultimately discourage individuals and groups from creating, resisting, and changing our experience, urging us instead to embrace trauma, failure, deprivation, and self-abandonment.
'A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers' from Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino Penguin Modern Classics have been shaping the reading habits of generations since 1961. This 50th anniversary catalogue offers a complete list of all the titles in print across the Modern Classics list, from Chinua Achebe to Stefan Zweig via George Orwell and everything else in between. It also contains Italo Calvino's inspiring essay on what makes a classic a classic.
Building on her fundamental texts The Art of Acting and The Art of Speech, Dawn Langman shows how the great dramas of Western heritage illuminate the evolution of human consciousness – from the past and into the future – thus providing a context in which actors can consciously evolve their art. Having laid her foundation by exploring the Eleusis Mysteries – the seed point of Western drama – she moves to the end of the nineteenth century, when drama and performance practice prepared for its next great evolutionary leap. She explores the connection of this leap to the evolutionary threshold facing human beings at the end of what occult history calls Kali Yuga. Weaving back and forth between future, past and present – guided by the great cyclic themes of human soul and spiritual development – Langman shows how the inspiration of our greatest artists springs from a source of knowing that encompasses the high calling of the human being to mature beyond its biological inheritance, and to become a conscious co-creator with the macrocosmic powers that serve the evolution of the universe. In doing so, she clarifies the specific function drama has in our contemporary development within the spectrum of the arts. ‘Building on the first two books of this extraordinary series, Langman’s meta-historical analysis of drama lays the foundation for her ongoing explorations into an art of acting that takes fully into account the multidimensional nature of the human being. Here, she masterfully contextualizes the 20th century contributions of Rudolf Steiner and Michael Chekhov within the broad trajectory of the Western dramatic and theatrical tradition’. – Dr Diane Caracciolo, Associate Professor of Educational Theatre, Adelphi University, USA 'Mapping a meta-history of Western Drama, Langman unfolds a pathway for “future” actors and those who seek an understanding of the metaphysical in theatre. This work will inspire anyone interested in the psychic and spiritual evolution of human consciousness.’ – Dr Jane Gilmer, freelance theatre practitioner based in New Zealand, teaching internationally
Author: Maggie B. Gale
Release Date: 2014-11-27
Genre: Performing Arts
Fifty Modern and Contemporary and Dramatists is a critical introduction to the work of some of the most important and influential playwrights from the 1950s to the present day. The figures chosen are among the most widely studied by students of drama, theatre and literature and include such celebrated writers as: • Samuel Beckett • Caryl Churchill • Anna Deavere Smith • Jean Genet • Sarah Kane • Heiner Müller • Arthur Miller • Harold Pinter • Sam Shephard Each short essay is written by one of an international team of academic experts and offers a detailed analysis of the playwright’s key works and career. The introduction provides an historical and theatrical context to the volume, which provides an invaluable overview of modern and contemporary drama.
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: BoD E-Short
Release Date: 2014-12-19
"Forschungen eines Hundes" ist eine 1922 entstandene, breit angelegte Erzählung mit Fabelcharakter von Franz Kafka, die postum veröffentlicht wurde. Wie der Titel (von Max Brod) aussagt, geht es um die Erkenntnissuche eines Hundes. Diese ist zum Scheitern verurteilt, weil sie grundlegende Fakten, nämlich die Existenz von Menschen, nicht erkennen kann.
Der so oft propagierten "Dominanz" gegenüber dem Pferd setzt Mark Rashid das Prinzip des "sanften Führers" entgegen. Ihm schließen sich die Pferde freiwillig an, weil sie seinen Fähigkeiten vertrauen und sich in seiner Gegenwart wohl fühlen. Wie man diese erstrebenswerte Position einnehmen kann, zeigt Mark Rashid anhand vieler konkreter Fallbeispiele.
Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Domestic drama
'One of the hottest, sultriest plays ever written' Guardian 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday. His two sons have returned home for the occasion: Gooper, his wife and children, Brick, an ageing football hero who has turned to drink, and his feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of happy family life and Southern gentility gradually slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies, jealousy and suppressed sexuality threaten to reach boiling point. Made into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a masterly portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own making. 'Williams's most impassioned and articulate statement on human isolation' The New York Times Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Ein fremder Mensch lebt in deinem Haus ... Es ist deine Tochter. Jenny Malcom ist sich sicher, alles im Griff zu haben. Ihren Job als Ärztin, ihre Rolle als Mutter von drei Teenagern und ihre Ehe. Alles läuft perfekt. Bis zu dem Abend, an dem ihre fünfzehnjährige Tochter nicht nach Hause kommt. Bange Stunden des Hoffens folgen, bis klar wird: Naomi ist spurlos verschwunden. Und plötzlich bricht Jennys perfekt organisierte Welt zusammen. Während die Ermittlungen der Polizei auf Hochtouren laufen, steht die Familie Malcom vor den Trümmern ihres Lebens. Und Jenny beginnt zu ahnen, dass sie ihre Tochter doch nicht so gut kannte, wie sie immer gedacht hat ...
Author: Peter Shaffer
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
Release Date: 2007-01-25
In the rich, humid air of sixteenth-century Peru, Atahuallpa, the Sun-God King, meets Pizarro the Conquistador, representative of the Spanish Empire at its most insatiable. While the Inca King is convinced of his own immortality, the Spaniard is cynical and greedy, leading to a collision of power and authority. Soon both men are locked in a struggle for survival; one of them must die and the survivor must face mortality, and the terrible truth of the world he lives in. Moving and atmospheric, The Royal Hunt of the Sun is an unforgettable drama of pride, empire and the conquest of bodies and souls.
Author: Georges Simenon
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
Release Date: 2013-12-18
»Die Ferien des Monsieur Mahé ist Simenons Tod in Venedig«, schreibt Stanley G. Eskin in seiner Simenon-Biographie. Denn wie bei Thomas Mann sind auch bei Simenon Liebe und Tod die Pole der Geschichte. Schauplatz ist die Mittelmeerinsel Porquerolles, auf der ein junger Arzt und Hobbyangler mit seiner Familie Urlaub macht. Die flirrende Hitze, die verheißungsvollen Untiefen draußen im Meer und eine junge Patientin in einem roten Kleid ziehen ihn magisch an.
Author: Peter Shaffer
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
Release Date: 2007-01
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a genius, the most brilliant musician the world will ever see. But the court of eighteenth-century Vienna doesn’t recognize his talents - only Antonio Salieri, the Court Composer, does, and he is tortured by what he hears. Seething with rage at the genius of this flippant buffoon and suddenly aware of his own mediocrity, Salieri declares war and sets out to destroy the man he sees as God’s instrument on earth. Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play is a rich, exuberant portrayal of a God-like man among mortals, and lives destroyed by envy.