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‘A man’s scenery is other men ...’ Athol Fugard’s latest plays

A. Combrink
Literator | Vol 7, No 1 | a875 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v7i1.875 | © 1986 A. Combrink | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 1986 | Published: 07 May 1986

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A. Combrink,, South Africa

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Abstract

In this article an attempt is made to indicate that a subtle yet significant shift has occurred in Fugard’s work, a shift that manifests itself in the four latest plays. The plays represent, in the opinion of some critics, a movement away from the overtly political plays of the foregoing period, a movement interpreted on the one hand as a weakness and on the other hand as an intensification, a move towards a more symbolic mode. The plays are examined against this background and it is concluded that there is indeed a movement towards a more symbolic preoccupation, but a movement which at the same time involves a more markedly didactic intention, a preoccupation with "lessons".

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