Drama: A Guide to the Study of Plays

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Peter Lang, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 140 pages
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This book introduces the elements of drama and the principles behind the reading and study of plays - classical and modern. It makes a special point of seeing drama as intended for acting and performance, and it therefore emphasizes the role of the spectator at a play and the sort of theatre for which drama was written. The performance approach to the study of plays finally clarifies the different kinds of drama (comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and farce) and identifies its forms (realism, stylization, and symbolism). The book draws on specific examples of drama, is rich in helpful charts and diagrams, and contains a comprehensive glossary. "Drama" will be a useful guide for students and general playgoers alike.

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Thy Eyes Shall Be Thy Judge
Characters in Search of an Actor
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The Author: J. L. Styan is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Theatre at Northwestern University. He was educated at Cambridge, where he received his M.A., and has published more than a dozen books on drama, including The Elements of Drama, Shakespeare’s Stagecraft, Chekhov in Performance, and Modern Drama in Theory and Practice (3 vols.). In 1995, he was awarded the Robert Lewis Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Research.

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