Bachelor of Arts
Caroline Jackson Smith, Chair
Harold Pinter, Directing, Criticism, Humor, The Hothouse, Comedy of Menace, American Football, The Birthday Party, The Dumb Waiter, A Night Out, The Caretaker, Trouble in the Works, One for the Road, Mountain Language, Celebration
This is a dually-focused Honors thesis in criticism and directing that discusses the dynamic balance between humor and menace in Harold Pinter's myriad works. In particular, this paper examines The Hothouse, a play Pinter shelved for several decades due to its highly overt comedy. The paper uses close readings from The Hothouse and a number of other plays (including The Birthday Party, One for the Road, and Celebration) and directorial insights from a February 2011 production of The Hothouse in Oberlin College's Little Theater.
Ferber, Ben, "The Hothouse and Dynamic Equilibrium in the Works of Harold Pinter" (2011). Honors Papers. 406.