I am a student from Germany. Currently I am writing a research paper about Harold Pinters relevance today. One question I am trying to answer is Pinters presence in schools. This part also includes the topis students reactions. I would be really really glad if you could write your opinion about Pinter and the work you read. It would be very good if you could also include your age.
Thank you very much in advance:)
Harold Pinter is considered one of the major modern British playwrights.He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Order of the British Empire. He was associated with a group known as "the Angry Young Men" who wrote plays that critiqued the British class system, although his plays are more strongly absurdist and less overtly concerned with class issues than those of the other Angries. His characters tend to be lower or lower middle class, something strongly contrasting with the work of the previous generation such as Coward or Galsworthy. A typical feature of many of his plots is disruption of a stable domestic or other relationship situation by the intrusion of a stranger or outsider. He is important in the curriculum both for his place in the history of specifically British literature and for technical innovations.
Pinter is quite commonly taught in schoolsand universities in the UK and also in schools and colleges and universities in various 'Anglophone' countries like India, Pakistan etc.
While there is a number of people --scholars and all--who do agree with your contention that perhaps, whilst Pinter might have in certain respects have been 'culturally relevant' back in the 1950s and 60s, he isnt so anymore.
However, the larger part of academic/scholarly and critical opinion (and I also abide by this point of view) in these countries, suggests that literature is more than just 'culturally' or 'historically' relevant material-- work such as Pinter's, which has an abstract, existentialist perspective and a universal sense of questing, of seeking for 'meaning' and 'selfhood' , still remains very very relevant or significant to readers in British/English as well as Anglophone society/ies.
Hope this helps, good luck!