Modern Theories of Drama: A Selection of Writings on Drama and Theatre, 1850-1990

Editor George W. Brandt

Oxford University Press | January 1, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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Modern Theories of Drama concentrates on the developments in dramatic theory over the last 150 years, providing a crucial resource for students of drama and theatre studies. From Aristotle''s Poetics onwards, drama - especially ''serious'' drama - has been encased in a framework of theory, although the more popular forms of theatre have often chosen to ignore this. However, from the eighteenth century until the present day, theoretical questioning of the ''rules'' (Aristotelian and other) has constantly grown in scope and strength. This attack was to become more and more vigorous in the second half of the nineteenth century and reach gale force in the twentieth. Different audience profiles and new performance venues; innovative methods of presentation; a changing sense of the purposes of drama and of its philosophical content, have resulted in the striking instability of theory which confronts us today. Quite new concepts have arisen in this century, seemingly outdated ones have been resurrected.

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Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 in

Published: January 1, 1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13: 9780198711391

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Modern Theories of Drama: A Selection of Writings on Drama and Theatre, 1850-1990

Editor George W. Brandt

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 in

Published: January 1, 1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198711395

ISBN - 13: 9780198711391

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction Richard Wagner: The Work of Art of the Future Georges Polti: The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations Ferdinand Brunetiere: The Law of the Drama Henri Bergson: The Comic in Situations Eric Bentley: Melodrama Jean-Paul Sartre: For a Theatre of Situations Friedrich Durrenmatt: Theatre Problems Howard Barker: Theatre Without a Conscience Victor Turner: Are There Universals of Performance in Myth, Ritual, and Drama? Part II: Varieties of Realism Friedrich Hebbel: The Relationship of Dramatic Art to its Age and Allied Matters Emile Zola: Naturalism August Strindberg: Author''s Preface to `Miss Julie'' George Bernard Shaw: Against the Well-Made Play Arthur Miller: `Death of a Salesman'': A Modern Tragedy? Part III: Anti-Naturalism Maurice Maeterlinck: The Tragical in Daily Life William Butler Yeats: The Theatre William Butler Yeats: Certain Nobel Plays of Japan Vsevolod Emilievich Meyerhold: On the Theatre: The Fairground Booth Edward Gordon Craig: The Art of the Theatre: The First Dialogue Adolphe Appia: Organic Unity Eugene O''Neill: Memoranda on Masks Eugene O''Neill: A Dramatist''s Notebook August Strindberg: Author''s Note to `A Dream Play'' Alfred Jarry: On the Futility of the `Theatrical'' in the Theatre Guillaume Apollinaire: Preface and Prologue to `The Breasts of Tiresias'' Yvan Goll: Preface to Die Unsterblichen (`The Immortals'') Yvan Goll: Preface to `Methusalem, The Eternal Bourgeois'' Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, with Emilio Settimelli and Bruno Corra: T
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Modern Theories of Drama concentrates on the developments in dramatic theory over the last 150 years, providing a crucial resource for students of drama and theatre studies. From Aristotle''s Poetics onwards, drama - especially ''serious'' drama - has been encased in a framework of theory, although the more popular forms of theatre have often chosen to ignore this. However, from the eighteenth century until the present day, theoretical questioning of the ''rules'' (Aristotelian and other) has constantly grown in scope and strength. This attack was to become more and more vigorous in the second half of the nineteenth century and reach gale force in the twentieth. Different audience profiles and new performance venues; innovative methods of presentation; a changing sense of the purposes of drama and of its philosophical content, have resulted in the striking instability of theory which confronts us today. Quite new concepts have arisen in this century, seemingly outdated ones have been resurrected.

About the Author

George W. Brandt is at University of Bristol.

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.,."[a] valuable compendium of writing on theatre from 1840 to 1990."--Times Literary Supplement
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