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Cats on a Hot Tin Roof: A Study of the Alienated Characters in the Major Plays of Tennessee Willians

 
Dharanidhar Sahu (Author)
Synopsis Tennessee Williams has already achieved the status of a classic; his reputation has endured beyond the movement at which his plays were first produced, and now promises to outlive the changes in taste which have occurred since Indeed, nearly half a century after his debut on the stage, his best known dramas, particularly The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, are played and replayed in theatres and on the screen , large and small, throughout the entire world. His unique vision of life has come to represent our whole culture . Scenes, characters and even certain lines from his plays, particularly as spoken by actors like Marlon Brando, have entered into the collective unconscious of the people, becoming finally part of the pop mythology which not only possesses our waking imaginations but haunts our troubled sleep. Dr. Dharanidhar Sahu sees Tennessee Williams in a larger, universal context. In this critical study, Dr. Sahu has perceived that a profound sense of alienation is the source of both, Tennessee William's strengths and weaknesses, and that such alienation is characteristic of the Plight not just of the artist in twentieth century America but all artists, indeed of everyman in the modern world. Alienation is the key word in the pages which follows ...... Dr. Dharanidhar Sahu redeems it, restoring it to complexity and subtlety by drawing on the theories of such diverse thinkers as Hegel, Marx, Freud, Tillich, Ortega y Gasset, Fromm, Marcuse and Walter Kaufmann.
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About the author

Dharanidhar Sahu

Dr. Dharanidhar Sahu teaches English and American Literature in Berhampur University.  His Ph.D. dissertation has been published as Cats on a Hot Rin Roof: A Study of the Alienated Characters in the Plays of Tennessee Williams by Academic Foundation, New Delhi in 1990.  His English novel The House of Serpents has been published simultaneously by Orient Longman, India and Sangam Books, London in 1996.  His second novel Rites of Passage is to be published shortly by Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi.  His English Stories and a research articles have come out in many national journals.

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Title Cats on a Hot Tin Roof: A Study of the Alienated Characters in the Major Plays of Tennessee Willians
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171880037
length 270p.