“Nowadays the house would be called a stately home”: pastoral relocations in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia

Bull, John (2011) “Nowadays the house would be called a stately home”: pastoral relocations in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Sillages critiques, 13 . ISSN 1969-6302

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Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia has a narrative structure that works backwards and forwards through time, examining concepts of change across the whole spectrum of philosophy and the arts. This is most obviously represented by that which we never see: “the landscape outside [that] we are told, has undergone changes”. However, simultaneously, that which we do see throughout, the room in which the action is located, remains unaltered. Change and flux are confronted by continuity and consistency. In this paper, I will consider the ideological implications of this paradox in relation to the playwright’s use of pastoral models that date from the English Renaissance, and yet reconfigure models of earlier post-second war British theatre, models that – according to many critical accounts – had long been superseded and abandoned. Arcadia is a supposedly ideology-free zone that is actually constituted of disputed ideological discourses.

Additional Information:'Arcadias' issue
Keywords:Tom Stoppard, Arcadia, Pastoral, Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare, Contemporary British theatre
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:9754
Deposited On:07 Jun 2013 11:03

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