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  • Main Title Shadows with Substance: Performing the Characters of Harold Pinter


  • Author: Beckers, Teresa E.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Culp, Ralph B.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Gulley, Paul M.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor


  • Name: North Texas State University
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info:


  • Creation: 1980-05


  • English


  • Content Description: This thesis considers first, the existence of a relatively new kind of characterization in the plays of Harold Pinter, and second, the need for the actor who performs Pinter to seek a new mode of acting. The purpose of the study is to identify the special problems or tasks which are thus imposed on the actor who plays a Pinter character. An examination of Pinter's dramaturgy reveals an emphasis on character relationships and a combination of the three different styles of characterization defined by Lorenz Kjerbuhl-Petersen: the type, the individual, and the shadow. This study concludes that the Pinter actor must simultaneously perceive a complex psyche in what seems a common human type, create an individualized concept of personality although information and behavior are misleading, and allow the actor's personality to color and expand that of the character.
  • Physical Description: iii, 134 leaves: ill.


  • Keyword: Harold Pinter
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Pinter, Harold 1930-2008 -- Characters.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Acting.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Characters and characteristics in literature.
  • Keyword: Pinter characters
  • Keyword: acting requirements


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Beckers, Teresa E.
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Accession or Local Control No: 1002776098-Beckers
  • Call Number: 379 N81 no.5671
  • UNT Catalog No.: b1200367
  • OCLC: 7016236
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc504313


  • Academic Department: Department of Speech Communication and Drama
  • Degree Discipline: Speech Communication and Drama
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Publication Type: thesi
  • Degree Grantor: North Texas State University