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Barker, Howard 1946-

Overview
Works: 304 works in 811 publications in 8 languages and 20,510 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  History  Interviews  Biography  Tragedies (Drama) 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Director, Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Author of dialog
Classifications: PR6052.A6485, 822.914
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Arguments for a theatre by Howard Barker( Book )

30 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and French and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these fragments, essays, thoughts and poems on the nature of theatre, Barker rejects the constraints of 'objective' academic theatre criticism and explores the collision (and collusion) of intellect and artistry in the creative act
Collected plays by Howard Barker( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women beware women by Thomas Middleton( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the great Renaissance playwrights, Middleton wrote tragedies essentially different from either Marlowe's or Shakespeare's, being wittier than the former and more grittily ironic than the latter. The genre of 'citizen tragedy' came into its own in the eighteenth century, but Middleton can claim to have created it: Bianca, wife of a middling commercial agent, arouses the lust of the Duke of Florence and becomes his mistress, first secretly, then openly and finally, after her husband has been seduced by the scheming Lady Livia and stabbed by Livia's brother, the Duke's wife. Livia plots he
A passion in six days ; Downchild by Howard Barker( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love of a good man ; All bleeding by Howard Barker( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crimes in hot countries ; Fair slaughter by Howard Barker( Book )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stripwell ; Claw by Howard Barker( Book )

14 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That good between us ; Credentials of a sympathizer by Howard Barker( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays two : the castle, Gertrude - the cry, Animals in paradise, 13 objects by Howard Barker( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ecstatic bible : a new testament by Howard Barker( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A New Testament informed by the turmoil of the twentieth century, The Ecstatic Bible is a series of interlocking narratives based around the 100-year courtship of a faithless priest and a woman whose decision to abandon free will and collude with every circumstance leads them into extraordinary situations both comic and horrific. Passionate and provocative, this bible of amorality is driven by a wildly inventive plot and language rich in poetry and humour
Plays one : Victory, The Europeans, The possibilities, Scenes from an execution by Howard Barker( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dead hands by Howard Barker( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man rushes to reach the bedside of his dying father, but arrives too late. His younger brother was present at the death, but his attitude is strangely ambiguous, and the elder brother becomes suspicious. The intentions of the dead man's mistress are also unclear. The mourners become increasingly consumed by feverish imagining, building a powerfully tense atmosphere as their characters start to disintegrate. This new play by international dramatist, poet and theorist, Howard Barker, toured in a production by The Wrestling School theatre company in 2005
The fence in its thousandth year by Howard Barker( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays three by Howard Barker( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays four by Howard Barker( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scenes from an execution by Howard Barker( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commissioned to paint a vast canvas celebrating the triumphant Battle of Lepanto, the free-spirited Galactia creates instead a breathtaking scene of war-torn carnage. In her fierce determination to stay true to herself, she alienates the authorities and faces incarceration. Her younger lover Carpeta is approached to take over and seizes the assignment for himself
Blok/Eko by Howard Barker( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A large-scale drama about death and its status in the world. Eko, an ageing despot, seemingly on a whim liquidates the entire medical profession, asserting that consolation--in the form of song--is a better way with sickness than drugs or surgery. A connoisseur herself, she knows great song is itself the distillation of suffering and so deliberately exposes her greatest poet Tot to a life of crime, poverty and humiliation in order to extract from him his finest work."--Page 4 of cover
Plays seven : Und ; The twelfth Battle of Isonzo ; 12 Encounters with a prodigy ; Christ's dog ; Learning kneeling by Howard Barker( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Und, a play for one woman and six trays, is a moving study of dignityand self-delusion. When a guest, perhaps a lover, fails to appear foran appointment, his hostess invents excuses for his neglect, evenwhen ill-manners degenerate into barbarity. The hostess is Jewish, theinvisible guest a Nazi officer. The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo is the twelfth marriage of a very old manto a young woman a fraction of his age. Their mutual fascination isintensified but also rendered ambiguous by the fact that both are blind. The intellectual and erotic manoeuvres conducted between them areakin to a dance, and what begins as a hypothesis becomes a painfulexposure of the many meanings of intimacy. 12 Encounters with a Prodigy concentrates a theme Barker has exploredover many plays - the solitude of the precocious child. Kisster, an adoredorphan, has been taught to exploit the pity of the world for his ownadvantage. From inside his fortified personality, Kisster manipulates ahost of predatory characters, keeping at bay angels and vagrants in hisstruggle to survive. In Christ's Dog the dying Lazar, arch-seducer and bigamist, treads out ajourney he feels compelled to undertake to reach accommodation withhis past. At every stage of his search, a different version of the untoldstory of Christ's dog is proposed to him. Lazar understands that hisseemingly worthless life - akin to the mongrel that howls at the foot ofthe cross - is a critical element of human morality. Learning Kneeling is perhaps the most terrible of Barker's works, a playof apparently unredeemed extremity, relieved by a wit and a scrupulousintensity of thought that renders it a tribute to human persistence andimagination. Sturdee, a legless man of property, finds his home andhis mistress seized by terrorists, the leader of whom, Demonstrator byname and instinct, leads him into a nightmare of ambiguities
Lot and his God by Howard Barker( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and French and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sodom. The day before the city's total annihilation. Among the grimy tables of a run-down café, an angel tells Lot that God wants him to flee, before the city is obliterated. However, Lot's irresistible wife has other ideas... As the angel and Lot's wife embark on a dangerous game of seduction, cruelty and desire, we are drawn ever deeper into the dark and impenetrable forest that is the marriage between Lot and the bewitching woman he worships
Death, the one and the art of theatre by Howard Barker( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and French and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réflexions du dramaturge britannique sur l'art théâtral, la mort dans le théâtre et la tragédie, etc
 
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Alternative Names
Barker, Howard

Houth, Eduardo

Howard Barker britischer Schriftsteller

Howard Barker Brits toneelschrijver

Howard Barker britský dramatik

Howard Barker écrivain britannique

Ховард Баркер

ברקר, הורד, 1946-

האוורד ברקר

هاوارد بارکر

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Collected playsPlays two : the castle, Gertrude - the cry, Animals in paradise, 13 objectsThe ecstatic bible : a new testamentPlays one : Victory, The Europeans, The possibilities, Scenes from an executionDead handsThe fence in its thousandth yearPlays threePlays fourDeath, the one and the art of theatre