Blood and bones yet dressed in poetry:The drama of Sam Shepard

Bigsby, C.W.E. (1998) Blood and bones yet dressed in poetry:The drama of Sam Shepard. Contemporary Theatre Review, 8 (3). pp. 19-30. ISSN 1048-6801

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Welding subject and form, the opening essay recapitulates with great lyricism Shepard's life and work in an attempt to map the excessive emotional terrain of the playwright's characters: fragmented, traumatized transients ruthlessly given over to incomprehensible, elementally violent passions that relentlessly attract and repel, consuming past and future. Composed with the traces of a reclusive, sensitive yet impetuous father who taught his son a love of poetry and music, and a sixties performance aesthetic, setting great store by immediacy and physical expression but gradually deepened with myth, archetype and costly candour, the emerging portrait is a highly paradoxical one: romantic, contemporaneous and timeless, vibrantly personal and American, showing affinity with the poetic, passion-infused drama of Tennessee Williams and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: father,fragmentation,lorca (federico garcia),myth,performance aesthetics,realistic detail (absence of ),williams (tennessee)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of American Studies (former - to 2014)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 15:24
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:34
DOI: 10.1080/10486809808568518

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