Modern Drama: Defining the Field

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Richard Paul Knowles, William B. Worthen, Joanne Tompkins
University of Toronto Press, 2003 - Drama - 212 pages
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Theatre, like other subjects in the humanities, has recently undergone quintessential changes in theory, approach, and research. Modern Drama - a collection of twelve essays from leading theatre and drama scholars - investigates the contemporary meanings and the cultural and political resonances of the terms inherent in the concepts of 'modern' and 'drama,' delving into a range of theoretical questions on the history of modernism, modernity, postmodernism, and postmodernity as they have intersected with the shifting histories of drama, theatre, and performance. Using incisive analyses of both modern and postmodern plays, the contributors examine varied topics such as the analysis of periodicity; the articulation of social, political, and cultural production in theatre; the re-evaluation of texts, performances, and canons; and demonstrations of how interdisciplinarity inflects theatre and its practice.

Including work by Sue-Ellen Case, Elin Diamond, Harry J. Elam Jr, Alan Filewod, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Stanton B. Garner Jr, Shannon Jackson, Loren Kruger, Josephine Lee, David Savran, Michael Sidnell, and Ann Wilson, the collection highlights the importance of continuing to investigate not only critical texts but also the terms of the debate themselves. Incorporating both drama history and modern studies, this compilation will be an invaluable work to all scholars of theatre and drama, and as well as those students of the humanities and modernism.

  

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Contents

Modern DramaModernitys Drama
3
Aesthetic Prejudice in Modern Drama
15
Disciplinary Blind Spots
29
Quo Vadis? Theatre Studies at the Crossroads
48
Zola Experimental Medicine and the Naturalist Stage
67
Enlightenment Embodiment and the Ends of Modern Drama
80
Luminous Writing Embodiment and Modern Drama Mme Blavatsky
102
The Haunted Houses of Modernity
117
Anxiety Technology and Gender in Peter Pan
128
Bodies Revolutions and Magic Cultural Nationalism and Racial Fetishism
144
Citing Minstrelsy in Postcolonial Agitprop
162
August Wilson Doubling Madness and Modern AfricanAmerican Drama
173
WORKS CITED
193
CONTRIBUTORS
209
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About the author (2003)

Ric Knowles is a professor of Drama at the University of Guelph and a member of faculty at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto. Joanne Tompkins is an associate professor and reader in Drama at the University of Queensland. W.B. Worthen is a professor of Drama at the University of California, Berkeley.

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