Body and Event in Howard Barker's Drama

From Catastrophe to Anastrophe in The Castle and Other Plays

  • Alireza Fakhrkonandeh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Alireza Fakhrkonandeh
    Pages 29-59
  3. Alireza Fakhrkonandeh
    Pages 123-140
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 141-151

About this book


This book explores questions of gender, desire, embodiment, and language in Barker’s oeuvre. With The Castle as a focal point, the scope extends considerably beyond this play to incorporate analysis and exploration of the Theatre of Catastrophe; questions of gender, subjectivity and desire; God/religion; aesthetics of the self; autonomy-heteronomy; ethics; and the relation between political and libidinal economy, at stake in 20 other plays by Barker (including Rome, The Power of the Dog, The Bite of the Night, Judith, Possibilities, I Saw Myself, Fence in Its Thousandth Year, The Gaoler’s Ache for the Nearly Dead, The Brilliance of the Servant, Golgo, among others).  


Howard Barker Theatre of Catastrophe Gender Subjectivity Religion Deleuze Aesthetics Postmodernism Baudrillard Embodiment Language

Authors and affiliations

  • Alireza Fakhrkonandeh
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28698-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28699-6
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