Modernism in European Drama: Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, Beckett : Essays from Modern Drama

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University of Toronto Press, 1998 - Literary Collections - 293 pages
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This collection of essays, drawn from scholarship over the last forty years, explores the drama of four of the most influential proponents of modernism in European Drama: Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, and Beckett. Although there are other dramatists who also contributed to Modernism, these four illustrate widely different and contrasting aspects to the movement. Since discussions of Modernism are generally restricted to poetry, novels, or the fine arts (painting, sculpture), examining theatre from this perspective covers new ground. The choice of these four dramatists as the subjects of the volume reflects the large percentage of essays dealing with their work published by Modern Drama, the leading scholarly journal in the field, which in turn is a measure of the centrality of these particular playwrights in critical discourse. The essays here have been selected to cover the main elements of the work of each of the four dramatists, with the aim of creating a useful teaching tool for university courses. Since some of the essays selected go back to the 1960s, while others are very contemporary, this volume also offers a perspective on the historical development of critical theory.

  

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Contents

Ibsens CounterDiscourse
3
Patterns of Structure and Character in Ibsens Rosmersholm
18
Marriage Metaphysics and The Lady from the Sea Problem
28
The Unspoken Text in Hedda Gabler evert sprinchorn
40
A Reconsideration of When We Dead Awaken
57
Toward a Cubism of Time in Drama
69
Strindbergs Miss Julie and the Legend of Salome brian parker
92
Archetypal Autobiography
110
The Dialectic of Fiction
170
Pirandellos Last Tape Andrew k Kennedy
181
Theres Lots of Time in Godot richard schechner
191
Action and Play in Becketts Theater john Fletcher
200
Acting for Beckett rubycohn
210
Samuel Becketts Not I hersh zeifman
228
Samuel Becketts Media Plays linda benzvi
241
Understanding Defamiliarization in Becketts
259

Pirandellos Mirror marvin Rosenberg
127
Spectator as Victim j l styan
142
Pirandello and Commedia dellarte
151
Roundelay samuel beckett
279
contributors
285
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FREDERICK J. MARKER is Professor of English and Drama, University of Toronto. CHRISTOPHER INNES is Distinguished Research Professor, York University.

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