Contradictory Characters

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1441-8
Publication Date
May 1996
Page Count
298 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Contradictory Characters

An Interpretation of the Modern Theatre
Albert Bermel

Winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism

Playwright and critic Albert Bermel examines thirteen modern plays to assess the underpinnings of dramatic conflict. Contradictory Characters inspects the three well-known types of dramatic conflict-between characters, between character and environment, and within the protagonist himself-and argues that the "character-against-himself" is not only a type of conflict, but is indeed the prototypical conflict underlying the others.

About the Author

Albert Bermel is a playwright, critic, and translator. He is Chairman of the Department of Speech and Theatre and Professor of Theatre at Lehman College. He is also Professor of Theatre at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
"Vigorously written, purposeful and impassioned." --Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic