Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia, Liliane Campos et Julie Vatain


Title: Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia

Author: (under the direction of) Liliane Campos and Julie Vatain

Typology: Essays / Study

Language: English

Year: 2011

Publisher: Presses universitaires de Rennes

Collection: “Didact Anglais”

ISBN: 978-2-7535-1413-3

Synopsis: This work proposes a series of articles and essays as entryways into Stoppard’s erudite dramaturgy. The first part was consecrated to context. It studies the place of Arcadia in Stoppard’s work, before shedding some light on the aesthetics of English gardens, the character of Lord Byron and the scientific notions the author manipulates.

The second part proposes a series of explanations arising from thematic and formal issues, from the play’s group structure to its wordplay. Tackled issues range from epistemology to the connections between language and sexuality, the play’s complex temporal structure, the role played by objects or even the paradigm of translation and reversibility. A third part is dedicated to the play on-stage, in the form of essays and analyses. Theatrical Creation is here approached from the varied points of view of a scientific counterpart to Stoppard, an actress, a director and an audience member.