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

ISBN-10: 0198711395

ISBN-13: 9780198711391

Edition: 1998

Authors: George 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 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 Quite new concepts have arisen in this century, seemingly outdated ones have been resurrected.
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Book details

List price: $77.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/18/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Introduction
The Work of Art of the Future
The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations
The Law of the Drama
The Comic in Situations
Melodrama
For a Theatre of Situations
Theatre Problems
Theatre Without a Conscience
Are There Universals of Performance in Myth, Ritual, and Drama?
Varieties of Realism
The Relationship of Dramatic Art to its Age and Allied Matters
NaturalismAugust Strind
Author's Preface to
Against the Well-Made Play
Death of a Salesman': A Modern Tragedy?
Anti-Naturalism
The Tragical in Daily Life
The Theatre
Certain Nobel Plays of Japan
On the Theatre
The Fairground Booth
The Art of the Theatre
The First Dialogue
Organic Unity
Memoranda on Masks
A Dramatist's NotebookAugust
Author's Note to `A Dream Play'
On the Futility of the `Theatrical' in the Theatre
Preface and Prologue to `The Breasts of Tiresias'
Preface to Die Unsterblichen (`The Immortals')
Preface to `Methusalem, The Eternal Bourgeois'
The Futurist Synthetic Theatre
On a New Type of Play
The Theatre of Cruelty
First Manifesto
An End to Masterpieces
The Theatre's New Testament
The Holy Theatre: Happenings
The London Controversy
Part IV
Letter to a Creative Collaborator
The Programme of the Proletarian Theatre
The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre
A Short Organum for the Theatre
The Material and the Models
Poetics of the Oppressed
Political Dynamics: The Feminisms
SemioticsJ
Dynamics of the Sign in the TheatreUmberto Eco
Semiotics of Theatrical Performance
Psychic Polyphony
The Signs of Stage and Screen
Avant-Garde Theatre and Semiology
A Few Practices and the Theory Behind ThemSelect
Bibliography
Index
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