Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 1, Plato to Congreve

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Michael J. Sidnell, D. J. Conacher
Cambridge University Press, May 9, 1991 - Drama - 317 pages
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This volume includes major theoretical writings on drama from the Greeks, through the Renaissance up to the late seventeenth century, compiled and edited for students of drama and theater. There are substantial extracts from twenty-eight writers including Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Scaliger, Castelvetro, Guarini, Sidney, Jonson, Corneille, Racine, Dryden and Congreve. The compilers have chosen writers who present detailed arguments about issues that are still relevant to our understanding of drama and theater. Many of the texts have been freshly translated and all have been newly annotated and introduced by the compilers, who draw attention to recurrent themes by a system of cross-references. Michael Sidnell's useful introduction explores the issues that frequently concern these writers and practitioners: the nature of imitation, the relation of dramatic text to live performance, the effect of stage action on audience emotion and behavior--issues that still concern critics and theorists of drama today. Later volumes will cover the period from Diderot to Victor Hugo, modern dramatic theory, and performance theory.
  

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Contents

Plato
14
Aristotle
32
Horace
62
Donates
79
Julius Caesar Scaliger
98
Bartolome de Torres Naharro
111
1O Giambattista Giraldi Cinthio
121
Ludovico Castelvetro
129
Felix Lope de Vega
183
Ben Jonson
192
Thomas Hey wood
201
Two seventeenthcentury views of Corneilles Le Cid
212
Francois Hedelin abbe dAubignac
220
Pierre Corneille
234
Charles de SaintEvremond
252
John Dryden
267

Richard Edwards
145
Sforza Oddi 1 60
160
George Whetstone
165
Lorenzo Giacomini
172
Thomas Rymer
291
Bibliography
305
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About the author (1991)

Sidnell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English and the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto.

D.J. Conacher was Professor Emeritus of Classics at University of Toronto.

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