Modern Drama in Theory and Practice: Volume 1, Realism and Naturalism

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Cambridge University Press, 1981 - Drama - 208 pages
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This 1981 volume begins with the naturalistic revolt in France against traditional styles of theatre. As realism becomes a European movement the account moves from Paris to the Meiningen company and Ibsen's work as producer and play-wright in Oslo, Chekhov's in Moscow, Shaw's in London, Synge's in Dublin. Among the producers are Antoine, Brahm, Grein, Granville-Baker, Nemirovich-Danchenko and Stanislavsky. The early days of the Irish Dramatic Movement and the chief realistic directors and critics in the USA after Belasco are considered; the tradition is shown to persist in the work of Williams and Miller in the USA and Osborne and Bond in England.
  

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The theories of Wagner and Nietzsche provide the basic principles for this volume, disseminated by the work of Appia and Craig, and affecting the later plays of Ibsen, Maeterlinck, and Lugné-Poe's ... Read full review

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Contents

The naturalistic revolt
1
Early theory Zola
6
A new production style the SaxeMeiningen Company
11
Ibsens contribution to realism
17
Realism in France Antoine and the ThéâtreLibre
31
Strindbergs contribution to realism
37
Realism in Germany Brahm and Hauptmann
45
Realism in Britain Archer and Grein
52
Conflicts in Dublin the Irish Dramatic Movement
91
Realism in America Belasco to The Method
109
Realism in America early variations
122
Realism in America Williams and Miller
137
New realism in Britain 1956 to the present
148
Realistic theatre retrospectively
164
Table of events in the theatre
167
Bibliography
182

Shaws contribution to realism
57
Realism in Russia NemirovichDanchenko Stanislavsky and the Moscow Art Theatre
70
Chekhovs contribution to realism
81

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Styan, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English Literature and Professor of Theatre, Northwestern University, Emeritus.

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