Domestic Ecologies: a study of gender and domesticity within Harold Pinter’s Rooms

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Kirsty Volz


Harold Pinter’s work opens the walls to the relatively closed rooms of domesticity. The room of the love affair, the unpredictable liaison, the cramped cluttered rooms of poverty and the disaffected. This study uses Pinter’s rooms to analyse existing ideologies of gender, territory, power and domesticity. Pinter’s rooms are more often than not reflections of familiar domestic spaces. This research investigates Pinter’s rooms through a case study of a theatre set for one of his plays and textual analysis of selected works, developing an understanding of how Pinter’s characters reflect behaviours within the domestic environment, mimicking while subverting domestic ecologies.

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Volz, Kirsty. 2010. “Domestic Ecologies:: A Study of Gender and Domesticity Within Harold Pinter’s Rooms”. idea journal 10 (1):54-61.
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Author Biography

Kirsty Volz, Queensland University of Technology

Kirsty Volz is a graduate of the Masters of Architecture program at the Queensland University of Technology. While having worked in both architecture and interior design for a number of years, Kirsty has also worked with theatre companies in set and production design. having experienced the tension that often exists between the designer and the dramatist she developed an interest in the relationship between architecture and the theatre. Kirsty currently works as a tutor in theory, architecture and interior design studios as well as running a collaborative studio in theatre production design.