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Drama in Performance : UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Sociology - Raymond Williams

Drama in Performance

UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Sociology

Paperback Published: 1st June 1991
ISBN: 9780335096589
Number Of Pages: 202

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Raymond Williams' reputation rests mainly on his contribution to literary and cultural studies, but he was also an important critic and theoretician in the field of drama. "Drama in Performance", first published in 1954, pioneered a method of dramaturgical rather than literary-critical analysis of plays, locating dramatic texts in the conditions and conventions of their original performance and reading them to disclose their performance potentialities. This method, which anticipated such contemporary developments as performance analysis and the semiotics of drama, is here applied to representative texts from key periods of the history of drama: the Greek stage, the medieval theatre-in-the-round and pageant-wagon, the Elizabethan public playhouse, London commercial theatres from the Restoration to the late 19th century, the naturalist stage of the Moscow Art Theatre, 20th century experimental drama, and contemporary film. This edition presents the text as Williams revised it in 1966. In addition it provides an updated bibliography of work in this field, a complete listing of all Williams' relevant writings, and a new Introduction (by Graham Holderness) which locates the book both within modern dramatic theory and criticism and within Williams' own work and demonstrates its continuing challenge and relevance.

"Antigone" by Sophocles English medieval drama
"Antony and Cleopatra" by Shakespeare plays in transition
"The Seagull" by Chekhov modern experimental drama
"Wild Strawberries" by Ingmar Bergman argument
Text and performance
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ISBN: 9780335096589
ISBN-10: 0335096581
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Sociology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st June 1991
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: New edition