Poetry and Intensification in Howard Barker’s Theatre of Plethora

K. Gritzner

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Howard Barker’s recent work BLOK/EKO (2011) and Hurts Given and Received (2010) explores the relationship between poetry and suffering in a style that may be described as plethoric. The work places increasing emphasis on notions of depth, intensity, excess and the emotional force of the singular dramatic moment. This article considers the trans-personal effects of the poetic theatrical gesture in Barker’s work and argues that in the theatre of plethora exaggeration, excess and intensification are dramaturgical principles that invite us to be ‘open to the event’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-345
Number of pages9
JournalStudies in Theatre and Performance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2012


  • tragedy
  • poetry
  • Friedrich Hölderlin
  • plethora
  • event
  • Jean-François Lyotard


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