Gerome Ragni Jonathan Swift - Essay

Jonathan Swift

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

"What a big put-on!" is the cynical reaction many of us have on first being exposed to Hair. A closer look, however, might cause a wary reevaluation, for Hair's very dynamism could be part of our "hang-up." Unlike most plays in the theatrical tradition, every Hair production is a characteristically unique one…. The musical's ever-changing body at the same time hypnotizes us and deludes us. We must be wary of trying to read too much, of trying to find symbols in every word, in every bar of music: interpretation of the arts can be a treacherous game to play. (p. 626)

Hair has become a cause célèbre by virtue of its choice of language style. Fundamentally, however,...

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