Arcadia

Topics: Arcadia, Royal National Theatre, Tom Stoppard Pages: 11 (1988 words) Published: March 2, 2009
CARNAL EMBRACE, THE GARDEN OF EDEN, AND CYCLICAL HISTORY:
A CRITIQUE OF TOM STOPPARD’S ARCADIA

WORKS CITED

Alives, Derek B. “’Oh, Phooey to Death!’: Bohemian Consolation in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.” Papers on Language and Literature, V. 36 Issue 4, 2000.

Guspari, David. Antioch Reivew STOPPARD’S ARCADIA, Spring 1996, Vol. 64, Issue 2.

Gussow, Mel. “Happiness, Chaos, and Tom Stoppard.” American Theatre, V.12 Issue 10, 1995.

Krammer, Jeffery. “Stoppard’s Arcadia: Research, Time, Loss.” University of Toronto Press. 1997.

McKinney, Ronald H. “Comedy, Chaos, and Casuistry.” Philosophy Today, V. 47, Issue 4, 2003.

Meisel, Martin. “The Last Waltz: Tom Stoppard’s Poetics of Science” Wordsworth Cicle, V. 38, Issue 1, 2007.

Rallo, Carmen Lara. “ ‘The Past Will Have Its Time Again’: History in Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and Arcadia ” Educational Publication of the University of Barcelona, 2005.

Scolnicov, Hanna. “ ‘Before’ and ‘After’ in Stoppard’s Arcadia” Modern Drama, V. 50 Issue 3, 2004.

Sternlieb, Lisa. “ ‘What is Carnal Embrace?’ Learning to Converse in Stoppard’s Arcadia” Modern Drama, V. 49, Issue 3, 2003.

Stoppard, Tom, Arcadia, Faber and Faber, 1993.

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF ARCADIA
II. CARNAL EMBRACE, THE GARDEN OF EDEN, AND CYCLICAL HISTORY III. WORKS CITED

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INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF ARCADIA
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The world of Arcadia was birthed by Tom Stoppard in 1993, and received

critical acclaim after being first performed on April 13th, 1993 at the Royal

National Theatre in London. It has gone one since to receive the 1993 Olivier

Award for Best play, the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award, the 1994

Laurence Olivier, BBC Award for Best New Play, and was nominated in 1995 for

an American Tony Award for Best Play. Tom Stoppard’s accolades for Arcadia do

nothing more than skim the surface of the magnanimity of the play and do not give

complete justice to its complexities. The title of Arcadia is in reference to the

pastoral idea of the Grecian province, the name of which is shared by the title. The

concept of Arcadia is also in reference to an enigmatic phrase that has been the

subject of academic discourse: “Et in Arcadia Ego.” The character Septimus,

gives the translation that “Even in Arcadia, there I am”- it is this idea of social

location that drives the play. Born out of the juxtaposition of past and present, the

world of Arcadia is one that negotiates the divide between Classicism and

Romanticism, Euclidean Geometry and Fractal Geometry of Chaos Theory.

Arcadia is a place in which history is “ a pattern of loss and recovery of objects

and ideas” (Rallo 5). Through Stoppard’s presenting two coinciding plots in which

the past provides the present’s conclusions, and it can be assumed that the

futurewill be a reiteration of discoveries lost and rediscovered.

Arcadia opens in 1809 in April during a lesson between student, Thomasina

Coveryly, and Tutor, Septimus Hodge, in the front room of an old estate owned by

Lord and Lady Coverly, in Derbyshire. It is a setting that is exemplary of

Euclidean Geometry and the classical thought of Classicism and the

Enlightenment. Septimus serves as an embodiment of the periods of the

Enlightenment and of Romanticism, conversely Thomasina, represents the trading

in of the thought processes of Classical Newtonian Deterministic Universe in

exchange for Romanticism exemplified through the Theory of Thermal Dynamics

and of Geometric Fractals. During the “present” portion of the play, The Coverly

Estate is inhabited by the ancestors of the Coverly’s of the 19th Century. The

people that inhabit Sidley Park during it’s contemporary setting are Hannah

Jarvis, Bernard Nightingale, and...

Cited: critical acclaim after being first performed on April 13th, 1993 at the Royal
National Theatre in London
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