Choosing and ordering the options : an exploration of the 'real thing' in Tom Stoppard's plays (1966-1988)

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Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University
In this thesis I shall be exploring the works of Tom Stoppard from 1966 to 1988. The thesis focuses on how and why Stoppard presents a world of multiple possibilities and the processes involved in the individual's ordering and interpretation of these options. In each case the question raised is: what is the 'real thing', the correct answer? I have divided this exploration into five chapters which deal with the texts thematically rather than chronologically.
AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Die ondersoek is toegespits op die werk van Tom Stoppard van 1966 tot 1988. Die tesis fokus op hoe en hoekom Stoppard veelvoudige interpretasiemoontlikhede daarstel en op die prosesse betrokke by leserreaksies daarop. Die kemvraag is die na die moontlikheid van 'n finale teksinterpretasie. Die verdeling van die ondersoek in vyf hoofstukke berus op tematiese eerder as chronologiese oorwegings.
Thesis (M.A.) -- University of Stellenbosch, 1991.
Stoppard -- Criticism and interpretation, Dissertations -- English literature