English Drama: A Cultural History

by Peter Womack, Simon Shepherd

Wiley | June 3, 1996 | Trade Paperback

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This book provides a comprehensive account of the cutlural history of English drama. Drawing upon new empirical research and the latest theoretical models, Shepherd and Womack show how the character of a given theatrical ''age'', as traditionally described, is packed with contradictions and uneven in development. Focusing on key historical moments and modes, they offer chapters on Medieval Theatre, Renaissance Drama, Restoration Comedy, Melodrama, and Naturalism, and conclude with accounts of Post-War British Theatre and the State, and Drama in the Age of Television.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 428 pages, 9.09 × 6.2 × 1.04 in

Published: June 3, 1996

Publisher: Wiley

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0631199381

ISBN - 13: 9780631199380

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English Drama: A Cultural History

by Peter Womack, Simon Shepherd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 428 pages, 9.09 × 6.2 × 1.04 in

Published: June 3, 1996

Publisher: Wiley

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0631199381

ISBN - 13: 9780631199380

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

User''s Guide.

1. Medieval Theatre.

2. The Beginning of the Story of Drama.

3. Renaissance Drama.

4. The Image of Elizabethan Drama.

5. Restoration Comedy.

6. Bawdy, Manners and the English National Character.

7. Melodrama.

8. The Unacceptable Face of Drama.

9. Naturalism.

10. ''You Make Me Feel Mighty Real'': Proper Drama.

11. Post-War British Theatre and the State.

12. Drama in the Age of Television.

Chronological List of Plays.

References.

Index.

From the Publisher

This book provides a comprehensive account of the cutlural history of English drama. Drawing upon new empirical research and the latest theoretical models, Shepherd and Womack show how the character of a given theatrical ''age'', as traditionally described, is packed with contradictions and uneven in development. Focusing on key historical moments and modes, they offer chapters on Medieval Theatre, Renaissance Drama, Restoration Comedy, Melodrama, and Naturalism, and conclude with accounts of Post-War British Theatre and the State, and Drama in the Age of Television.

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This book provides a comprehensive account of the cultural history of English drama. Drawing upon new empirical research and the latest theoretical models, Shepherd and Womack show how the character of a given theatrical "age", as traditionally described, is packed with contradictions and uneven in development. Focusing on key historical moments and modes, they offer chapters on Medieval Theatre, Renaissance Drama, Restoration Comedy, Melodrama, and Naturalism, and conclude with accounts of post-War British Theatre and the State, and Drama in the Age of Television.

For each of the main topics chosen, there are two chapters. The first in each pair tells how the drama of a particular era or kind was produced, describing its cultural context and explaining how contemporary conditions and practices of dramatic production changed. The second chapter in each pair relates how the drama concerned has been reproduced or reinterpreted through history, revealing the dramatic effects and cultural functions of these processes.

In this way the student is given two complete and distinct narrative accounts, to be read together or independently, according to study needs.

About the Author

Simon Shepherd is Professor of Drama at Nottingham University.

Peter Womack lectures in the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Editorial Reviews

"There is much here to stimulate the thinking student and to galvanize the curious into further reading." Christine Dymkowski, University of London
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