John Pepper Clark The Masquerade - Essay

The Masquerade

(Drama Criticism)

William Connor (essay date 1979)

SOURCE: "Diribi's Incest: The Key to J. P. Clark's The Masquerade, " in World Literature Written in English, Vol. 18, No. 2, November, 1979, pp. 278-86.

[In the following essay, Connor contends that critics of The Masquerade have misunderstood the play and have neglected the complexity and subtlety of the plot, whose predominant theme is one of incest.]

John Pepper Clark's second play, The Masquerade, has not been a favourite of the critics; I believe they do Clark and his play a great injustice.

The basic plot of The Masquerade is deceptively simple:...

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