Theories of the Theatre: A Historical and Critical Survey from the Greeks to the Present

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Cornell University Press, 1993 - Performing Arts - 553 pages
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Beginning with Aristotle and the Greeks and ending with semiotics and post-structuralism, Theories of the Theatre is the first comprehensive survey of Western dramatic theory. In this expanded edition the author has updated the book and added a new concluding chapter that focuses on theoretical developments since 1980, emphasizing the impact of feminist theory.

  

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A great reference book for theatre theory through the major eras of the evolution of performance and production. Read full review

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Every Theatre History/Dramatic Criticism student needs to have this book on their shelf. It is an excellent and accessible resource for anyone struggling to understand how all of the puzzle pieces fit together. Read full review

Contents

Preface g Preface to Expanded Edition
11
Aristotle and the Greeks
15
Roman and Late Classic Theory
22
The Medieval Period
31
The Italian Renaissance
37
The Spanish Renaissance
57
The French Renaissance
67
The Renaissance in England and the Netherlands
76
NineteenthCentury England
219
Russian Theory to 19oo
240
The Germanic Tradition in the Late Nineteenth Century
248
France in the Late Nineteenth Century
270
The Early Twentieth Century 19001914
302
The Twentieth Century 19141930
338
The Twentieth Century 19301950
376
The Twentieth Century 19501965
411

SeventeenthCentury France
90
The Restoration and Eighteenth Century in England
112
EighteenthCentury France
141
Germany to Hegel
163
Italy and France in the Early Nineteenth Century
197
The Twentieth Century 19651980
454
The Twentieth Century since 1980
505
Index
541
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About the author (1993)

Marvin Carlson is Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theater and Comparative Literature, City University of New York.

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