A Handbook for the Study of Drama

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University Press of America, 1989 - Drama - 85 pages
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Intended for the inexperienced drama student as well as serving as a useful review for the experienced student, this book sets forth its principles briefly and with a modest amount of illustrative material. The author's suggestions should enhance classroom discussion and participation when used alone or in combination with individual dramas or works from anthologies. Topics addressed are: the nature and elements of drama, traditional plays, help in overcoming the initial difficulties in the reading of a play, and understanding the play in both its exposition and its drama. Originally published by Macmillan in 1966.
 

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Contents

The Nature of Drama
1
The Drama as Literature
5
The Elements of Drama
11
B The Play Story
12
C Characters
13
D Plot
16
Dialogue and Action
25
Reading the First Act
33
Meaning in Drama
61
Traditional Types of Plays
65
Modern Plays
75
For Further Reading
79
Index
83
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