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The Stagecraft Of Aeschylus

Author : Oliver Taplin
ISBN : 9780198144861
Genre : History
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The visual effect of the staging of Aeschylus' plays was an essential part of their impact. And yet all that survives today are the scripts. Imagination, helped by anachronistic sources, has played the chief role for those dealing with the dramaturgy of Aeschylus' works, and the result has usually been stages crowded with extras and equipment. In this book, the author approaches the subject from a completely different angle. He clears the stage and looks for clues of Aeschylus' stagecraft in the texts of the plays themselves. He concentrates his study in an analysis of the exits and entrances in Aeschylus' works with constant reference to the practice of Sophocles and Euripides as well. His arguments and conclusions are fascinating and thought-provoking, and make the book indispensable for anyone interested in ancient Greek drama and its staging.
Category: History

Exits And Entrances

Author : John O'Connor
ISBN : 9780521730853
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Exits and entrances offers a varied collection of plays, and television and film scripts. The texts are arranged in four themed sections: Identity, Turning points, Deception and Laughter.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Entrances Exits

Author : Norris Houghton
ISBN : UOM:39015019428823
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The memoirs of the famed Broadway director, scenic designer, producer, author, and educator
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Medieval And Renaissance Drama In England

Author : S. P. Cerasano
ISBN : 0838641806
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Reflecting a variety of scholarly interests, this volume includes articles that range addressing Africans in Elizabeth London to chapel stagings, to the theory and practice of domestic tragedy. It also includes essays on the historical and theoretical issues relating to the evolution of dramatic texts and women at the theater.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Theory And Analysis Of Drama

Author : Manfred Pfister
ISBN : 052142383X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Manfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions. The material on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods. His approach is systematic rather than historical, combining more abstract categorisations with detailed interpretations of sample texts.
Category: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare And The Making Of Theatre

Author : Stuart Hampton-Reeves
ISBN : 9781137284938
Genre : Drama
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A highly engaging text that approaches Shakespeare as a maker of theatre, as well as a writer of literature. Leading performance critics dismantle Shakespeare's texts, identifying theatrical cues in ways which develop understanding of the underlying theatricality of Shakespeare's plays and stimulate further performances.
Category: Drama

New Theatre Quarterly 80 Volume 20

Author : Simon Trussler
ISBN : 0521603293
Genre : Drama
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Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet.
Category: Drama

The Art Of Dramatic Writing

Author : Lajos Egri
ISBN : 1439123799
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Amid the hundreds of "how-to" books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction. This book does that -- and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters. For it is people -- their private natures and their inter-relationships -- that move a story and give it life. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives. Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward? What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable? Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House? These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes. He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise -- a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior -- and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior. Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

If Then The World A Theatre Present

Author : Björn Quiring
ISBN : 9783110383676
Genre : Literary Criticism
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To metaphorize the world as a theatre has been a common procedure since antiquity, but the use of this trope became particularly prominent and pregnant in early modern times, especially in England. Old and new applications of the “theatrum mundi” topos pervaded discourses, often allegorizing the deceitfulness and impermanence of this world as well as the futility of earthly strife. It was frequently woven into arguments against worldly amusements such as the stage: Commercial theatre was declared an undesirable competitor of God’s well-ordered world drama. Early modern dramatists often reacted to this development by appropriating the metaphor, and in an ingenious twist, some playwrights even appropriated its anti-theatrical impetus: Early modern theatre seemed to discover a denial of its own theatricality at its very core. Drama was found to succeed best when it staged itself as a great unmasking. To investigate the reasons and effects of these developments, the anthology examines the metaphorical uses of theatre in plays, pamphlets, epics, treatises, legal proclamations and other sources.
Category: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare And Manuscript Drama

Author : James Purkis
ISBN : 9781316453834
Genre : Literary Criticism
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How did Shakespeare write his plays and how were they revised during their passage to the stage? James Purkis answers these questions through a fresh examination of often overlooked evidence provided by manuscripts used in early modern playhouses. Considering collaboration and theatre practice, this book explores manuscript plays by Anthony Munday, Thomas Middleton, and Thomas Heywood to establish new accounts of theatrical revision that challenge formerly dominant ideas in Shakespearean textual studies. The volume also reappraises Shakespeare's supposed part in the Sir Thomas More manuscript by analysing the palaeographic, orthographic, and stylistic arguments for Shakespeare's authorship of three of the document's pages. Offering a new account of manuscript writing that avoids conventional narrative forms, Purkis argues for a Shakespeare fully participant in a manuscript's collaborative process, demanding a reconsideration of his dramatic canon. The book will greatly interest researchers and advanced students of Shakespeare studies, textual history, authorship studies and theatre historians.
Category: Literary Criticism