The Harcourt Brace anthology of drama

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Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2000 - Drama - 1521 pages
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Presents drama in two important contexts: in the play's original theatre and the society that sustained it, and in our culture, where the play continues to live both as literature and as theatrical performance.
Emphasizes the diversity of drama and theatre throughout history, both in its selection of plays and essays, and in the issues and ideas raised for discussion.
The text is divided into seven units, each focused on a significant period in the history of drama and theatre, providing students with a comprehensive overview.
Each unit begins with an extensive introduction, placing drama in the context of a specific historical era and using illustrations of theater design to develop a precise sense of stage practice.
Critical essays, landmark essays in postcolonial theory by Frantz Fanon and Homi Bhaba, and performance reviews allow students to explore the issues of representation in the theatre and the ways that culture shapes identity, gender and sexuality, power, and race.
New to the Third Edition
Extensively revised, the third edition is now a more comprehensive and useful volume for contemporary students. New plays include a larger selection by women, more comedies, two plays by Native American playwrights, and more.
A new unit, "World Stages, " focuses on postcolonial drama and theatre and includes plays from a host of various countries including modern Japan, Nigeria, Canada, South Africa and Northern Ireland.
A new

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Features Presents drama in two important contexts: in the play's original theatre and the society that sustained it, and in our culture, where the play continues to live both as literature and as theatrical performance. Emphasizes the diversity of drama and theatre throughout history, both in its selection of plays and essays, and in the issues and ideas raised for discussion. The text is divided into seven units, each focused on a significant period in the history of drama and theatre, providing students with a comprehensive overview. Each unit begins with an extensive introduction, placing drama in the context of a specific historical era and using illustrations of theater design to develop a precise sense of stage practice. Critical essays, landmark essays in postcolonial theory by Frantz Fanon and Homi Bhaba, and performance reviews allow students to explore the issues of representation in the theatre and the ways that culture shapes identity, gender and sexuality, power, and race. New to the Third Edition Extensively revised, the third edition is now a more comprehensive and useful volume for contemporary students. New plays include a larger selection by women, more comedies, two plays by Native American playwrights, and more. A new unit, "World Stages, " focuses on postcolonial drama and theatre and includes plays from a host of various countries including modern Japan, Nigeria, Canada, South Africa and Northern Ireland. A new
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Contents

UNIT I
14
aside Roman Drama and Theater
20
Aeschylus The Oresteia
26
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About the author (2000)

W. B. Worthen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Idea of the Actor (1984), Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (1992), Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (Cambridge, 1997), and of Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance (Cambridge, 2003). He has served as the editor of Theatre Journal and as the coeditor of Modern Drama, and has published widely in professional journals. He is also the editor of the widely-used Wadsworth Anthology of Drama and of Modern Drama: Plays/Criticism/Theory, which won the 1995 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Research Award.

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