Harold Pinter Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

Is there any relation between Harold Pinter and Post-modernism?

Expert Answers info

wordprof eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write1,654 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

Pinter’s work moves past Modernism by suggesting that, underneath the surface plot and complications (see Ibsen or Chekhov), there is another, unspoken combat going on (what Pinter called “the weasel under the coffee table”) in human contacts.  In The Dumb Waiter the drama is not inherent so much in the characters on stage but rather in the unknown world on the invisible end of the dumbwaiter.  In Birthday Party it can be heard in the one word,  “Succulent”, giving a sinister and sexual undertone to the surface action.  Pinter uses stage language and appears to be present a typical human drama, but unlike the Modernists, is much more interested in staging the unspoken.  In this sense he can be included in Postmodernism, although not as obvious as...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 349 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Jason Lulos eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write3,306 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Science

check Approved by eNotes Editorial