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Dramatic Dialogue : The Duologue of Personal Encounter - Andrew Karpati Kennedy

Dramatic Dialogue

The Duologue of Personal Encounter

Paperback Published: 18th April 1983
ISBN: 9780521288453
Number Of Pages: 292

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A comprehensive study of the different shapes and conventions of dialogue in major drama from Aeschylus to modern times. Following a sustained discussion of the special nature of dramatic dialogue the author singles out for detailed study the duologue of personal encounter between protagonists. The historical perspective is illustrated by close analysis of certain passages from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Jonson, Restoration Comedy, Ibsen, Strindberg, Brecht, O'Neill, Albee, Shepard, Beckett, Pinter and Stoppard. The duologues have been grouped so as to illuminate both the type of dramatic situation embodied, e.g. recognition, confession, the combat of wit, and the verbal style employed, from Greek stichomythis to the slangy contest of American rock stars. Andrew Kennedy presents the language and convention of each duologue as part of the play's total sign system. The critical approach integrates the formal and existential aspects of drama and theatre, showing both the emotional transformations and the changing modes of expression made possible in and through dialogue.

The duologue of recognition in Greek tragedy
Duologues of transformation in Shakespeare
The combat of wit
The confessional duologue from Ibsen to Albee
Duologues of isolation: towards verbal games
The impersonal/personal duologue from Brecht to Shepard
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ISBN: 9780521288453
ISBN-10: 0521288452
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 18th April 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.37