Studies In English Drama (volume 1)

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byAllison Gaw

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... FUNCTION AND CONTENT OF THE PROLOGUE, CHORUS, AND OTHER NON-ORGANIC ELEMENTS IN ENGLISH DRAMA, FROM THE BEGINNINGS TO 1642 MARTHA GAUSE McCAULLEY I. Introduction Definition of Terms.--Ultimate Mediaeval Origins of Prologue, Chorus, and Epilogue.--Their History in Pre-Renaissance Drama. Non-organic or extraneous portions of drama are those parts which are presented with the drama, but which have no logical share in its story. Inasmuch as the great bulk of English drama in the period under discussion is so full of incoherencies and technical faults as to contain, in the course of its dialogue, innumerable passages which meet the requirements of the definition as thus far given, it must be stated further that, for the purposes of this essay, non-organic or extraneous parts are those that are formally distinct from the dramatic sequence of the dialogue. These parts naturally differ in function. They are directly referential to the play when serving to introduce and explain it; indirectly so when the audience needs persuasion or apology, or the author an outlet for personal or critical comment. Specifically, they are prologues, epilogues, choruses, intermeans, inductions, dedications, and addresses of one i sort or another. Since they share the prevalent uncertainty of I dramatic form, they are sometimes dramatic, sometimes not so. Some of them, as prologue, epilogue, and chorus, belong primarily to the spoken drama; some, as epistles and other addresses, form no part of the staged play. Prologues, addresses of all sorts, and inductions have, in general, an introductory function--to arouse interest, to explain, to please. The chorus, occupying a medial position, functions largely as an interested spectator of the action with power of comment, and hence admits ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... FUNCTION AND CONTENT OF THE PROLOGUE, CHORUS, AND OTHER NON-ORGANIC ELEMENTS IN ENGLISH DRAMA, FROM THE BEGINNINGS TO 1642 MAR...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217877834

ISBN - 13:9780217877831

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