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The Allegory of Quest

Satyendra Kumar (Author)
Synopsis A deep sense of social consciousness is an intrinsic tenet of Arthur Miller's tragic stance but beyond that his plays are universal tragedies. Miller makes the allegorical theatre creating ‘the protagonist in search’, his Everyman in whom he dramatizes the struggle of contemporary man with the forces of his age'. With this basic contention in view, Dr. Kumar’s The Allegory of Quest analyses and explicates Miller's dramatic corpus as an allegory of quest, as an appropriate structure for a moral exploration of modern man's dilemma. The present book seeks to examine Miller's plays as a continuation of the metaphysical tradition of American dramatic literature which began with Eugene O'Neill. In fact, Miller is concerned with the existential dilemma of human life and the relevance of values to human beings. In the process his plays make powerful explorations into the depth of human misery, the crisis of human identity and the vast panorama of immense anarchy and futility. Allegorically divided into seven chapters, the book is, in fact, an in-depth study of Miller's drama as an allegory of quest, as a kind of Morality theatre tracing its roots into the 15th century drama and into the international tradition emerging from various parts of the west in modern times.
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About the author

Satyendra Kumar

Satyendra Kumar holds a Master's degree of Patna University and obtained his LLB and Ph.D. degrees from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya (Bihar). After a brief but exciting excursion into left politics in the late 60s, Kumar jooined as a lecturer in English in 1970. He is now Reader and Head of the Department of English at S.N. Sinha College, Jehanabad. He has participated in a number of seminars and conferneces and has had several literry articles published in reputed journals like Indian Journal of English Studies and Indian Journals of American Studies. His name also figures in the International Directory of American Studies Specialists-a periodical publication of American Studies Internationa, George Washington University. He is currently working on a UGC post-doctoral research project on Moderm American Drama. Though teaching is Mr. Kumar's vocation, journalsim is his avocation. He has been associated with The Times of India and 'The United News of India' as a correspondent for the past several decades.

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Title The Allegory of Quest
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178352761
length 233p., References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.