"I am Britannia, the spirit of our age" : time shifting as a study of the idea of progress in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and Shelagh Stephenson's An experiment with an air pump

Author: Kačer, Tomáš
Source document: Brno studies in English. 2008, vol. 33, iss. 1, pp. [157]-167
Extent
[157]-167
  • ISSN
    1211-1791
Type
Article
Language
English
License: Not specified license
Abstract(s)
The article compares two plays by contemporary British playwrights, Arcadia (1993) by Tom Stoppard and An Experiment with an Air Pump (1998) by Shelagh Stephenson. It focuses on the use of time changes in the two plays and shows how they contribute to developing the detective-style plots and what role they play in presenting the included scientific topics. It shows how ethical issues influence the view of scientific progress in the plays and how decay is dealt with on the stage.
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