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Paradox between Salvation from Violence and Salvation by Violence: Re-reading Violence in Saved

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2015, 28(1), pp.5-38
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

Keunyoung Ko 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

Paradox between Salvation from Violence and Salvation by Violence: Re-reading Violence in Saved This thesis argues that Edward Bond (1934- ), one of the leaders of the British socialist theatre movement in 1960s, presented a vision of total theatre that tries to elicit both emotional and rational awakening from the spectators by developing his original style of representing brutal violence on the stage, which adopts an Artaudian strategy to achieve a Brechtian goal. To advance this hypothesis, this study explores the way the Bondian violent theatre has been created by examining how Saved (1965), one of the writer’s most well-known works, represents and problematizes violence on the stage. To be specific, this thesis explores the reason why such brutal scenes as occur in Saved must be represented on the stage by analyzing Bond’s view on violence and its ideological background. On the basis of this analysis, this study also reviews the social message and real meaning that infanticide as a scapegoat ritual, the most controversial and brutal scene of the play, has by pursuing who is saved in the play.

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