"The Love of the Nightingale" by Timberlake Wertenbaker Book Review

"The Love of the Nightingale" by Timberlake Wertenbaker
An analysis of the play "The Love of the Nightingale" by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
# 117091 | 4,573 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | TR
Published on Nov 13, 2009 in English (Analysis) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman)


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This paper discusses how "The Love of the Nightingale" by Timberlake Wertenbaker is a contemporary reworking of the ancient Greek myth of Philomele, an Athenian princess whose questions are answered by silence and who is soon violently silenced herself, by her brother-in-law, the King of Thrace. It looks at how Wertenbaker's rendering of the myth explores the themes of power, betrayal, and loyalty. It also examines how the play immediately puts forth the destructive forces within society emphasizing a very authoritarian, male world and how the silencing of Philomele is parallel to the silencing of oppressed people both today and throughout history.

From the Paper:

"Wertenbaker's rendering of the myth explores the themes of power, betrayal, and loyalty. It is the story of two Athenian sisters, Procne and Philomele. Their devoted, sisterly bond is set against the backdrop of war in which the Thracian king, Tereus, comes to the aid of the Athenians and their king, Pandion, to win against Labadacus. In gratitude, King Pandion offers Tereus to marry Procne. At the very beginning of the play, the dominance of men is introduced. The girl's husband is chosen by the father and the mother is completely passive before her husband:
KING PANDION: She's yours, Tereus. Procne
PROCNE: But, Father -
KING PANDION: Your husband.
PROCNE: Mother -
QUEEN: What can I say? (The Love of the Nightingale 5)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wertenbaker, Timberlake. The Love of the Nightingale. London, Faber&Faber: 1989
  • Boitani, Piero - Clark, Robert. (eds) English Studies in Transition: Papers from the Esse Inaugural Conference. New York, Routledge: 1993.
  • Cousin, Geraldine. Women in Dramatic Place and Time: Contemporary Female Characters on Stage. London, Routledge:1996.
  • Digaetani, John L. A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights. New York, Greenwood Press: 1991.
  • Rabey, David Ian. "Defining Difference: Timberlake Wertenbaker's Drama of Language, Dispossession and Discovery", Modern Drama, vol. 33: 1990.

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