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Stoppard - The Mystery and
The terms ‘mystery’ and ‘clockwork’
are to be found scattered throughout Stoppard’s own writings
and the concepts are encapsulated in Act II of Jumpers when George
complains (unjustifiably as it turns out) that Archie’s disciple
McFee ‘never put himself at risk by finding mystery in the
clockwork’. From the interplay of these conflicting forces
Richard Corballis constructs a hypothesis - in a manner both deliberately
provocative and illuminating - to unlock the underlying structure
and ideas of Stoppard’s work.
analyses each of Stoppard’s published works — including
his radio and television drama, and his only novel Lord Malquist
and Mr Moon — and guides us through the linguistic contortions,
the tableaux and set pieces, the plays-within-the-plays and the
whole dazzling range of puzzles and conundrums.