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

Paperback | January 1, 1999

EditorGeorge W. Brandt

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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 thesecond 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 theorywhich confronts us today. Quite new concepts have arisen in this century, seemingly outdated ones have been resurrected.

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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 of...

George W. Brandt is at University of Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Part I: IntroductionRichard Wagner: The Work of Art of the FutureGeorges Polti: The Thirty-Six Dramatic SituationsFerdinand Brunetiere: The Law of the DramaHenri Bergson: The Comic in SituationsEric Bentley: MelodramaJean-Paul Sartre: For a Theatre of SituationsFriedrich Durrenmatt: Theatre ProblemsHoward Barker: Theatre Without a ConscienceVictor Turner: Are There Universals of Performance in Myth, Ritual, and Drama?Part II: Varieties of RealismFriedrich Hebbel: The Relationship of Dramatic Art to its Age and Allied MattersEmile Zola: NaturalismAugust Strindberg: Author's Preface to `Miss Julie'George Bernard Shaw: Against the Well-Made PlayArthur Miller: `Death of a Salesman': A Modern Tragedy?Part III: Anti-NaturalismMaurice Maeterlinck: The Tragical in Daily LifeWilliam Butler Yeats: The TheatreWilliam Butler Yeats: Certain Nobel Plays of JapanVsevolod Emilievich Meyerhold: On the Theatre: The Fairground BoothEdward Gordon Craig: The Art of the Theatre: The First DialogueAdolphe Appia: Organic UnityEugene O'Neill: Memoranda on MasksEugene O'Neill: A Dramatist's NotebookAugust Strindberg: Author's Note to `A Dream Play'Alfred Jarry: On the Futility of the `Theatrical' in the TheatreGuillaume 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: The Futurist Synthetic TheatreStanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz: On a New Type of PlayAntonin Artaud: The Theatre of Cruelty: First ManifestoAntonin Artaud: An End to MasterpiecesJerry Grotowski: The Theatre's New TestamentPeter Brook: The Holy Theatre: HappeningsEugene Ionesco: The London Controversy: Tynan v. IonescoPart IV: Political TheatreErnst Toller: Letter to a Creative CollaboratorErwin Piscator: The Programme of the Proletarian TheatreBertolt Brecht: The Modern Theatre is the Epic TheatreBertolt Brecht: A Short Organum for the TheatrePeter Weiss: The Material and the ModelsAugusto Boal: Poetics of the OppressedMichelene Wandor: Political Dynamics: The FeminismsPart V: SemioticsJindrich Honzl: Dynamics of the Sign in the TheatreUmberto Eco: Semiotics of Theatrical PerformanceMarvin Carlson: Psychic PolyphonyMartin Esslin: The Signs of Stage and ScreenPatrice Pavis: Avant-Garde Theatre and Semiology: A Few Practices and the Theory Behind ThemSelect BibliographyIndex

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