Tom Stoppard’s Plays

Patterns of Plenitude and Parsimony

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In Tom Stoppard’s Plays: Patterns of Plenitude and Parsimony Nigel Purse assesses the complete canon of Tom Stoppard’s works on a thematic basis. He explains that, amongst the plenitude of chaotic comedy, wordplay and intellectual ping-pong of Stoppard’s plays, the principle of parsimony that is Occam’s razor lies at the heart of his works. He identifies key patterns in theme – ethics and duality - and method – Stoppard’s stage debates and his dramatic vehicles - as well as in theatrical devices.

Quoting extensively from all Stoppard’s published works, many of his interviews and also unpublished material Nigel Purse arrives at a comprehensive and unique appraisal of Stoppard’s plays.

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Biographical Note

Nigel Purse has an MA in Modern History from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and an MBA from Cass (formerly City) University. He has a wide and keen interest in theatre, the arts and history.

Review Quotes

“In a nutshell, Nigel Purse has succeeded in his study Tom Stoppard’s Plays: Patterns of Plenitude and Parsimony by application of Occam’s razor – which he identifies as the foundation of Stoppard’s work itself – to identify the central leitmotifs that make up the playwright’s truly entire canon. He does so in a most elaborate and comprehensive way not shying away from any archive or obscure publication of the artist.”
- Holger Südkamp, Neuss, Symbolism Vol. 17 2017

Table of contents

FOREWORD
PROLOGUE
OCCAM’S RAZOR
THE STOPPARDIAN STAGE DEBATE
THE VEHICLE VERSUS THE IDEA
ETHICS
DUALISM–ILLUSION AND REALITY
STOPPARD’S THEATRICALITY
STOPPARD’S TIME SHIFTS
CODA
APPENDICES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INDEX

Readership

All interested in theatre, drama, literature and Tom Stoppard’s works, any theatre goer and students and teachers in schools, universities and drama schools.