English Drama: A Cultural History

Paperback | June 3, 1996

bySimon Shepherd, Peter Womack

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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.

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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, ...

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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, ...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 9.09 × 6.2 × 1.04 inPublished:June 3, 1996Publisher:Wiley

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0631199381

ISBN - 13:9780631199380

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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.