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Modern Theories of Drama : A Selection of Writings on Drama and Theatre, 1850-1990 - George W. Brandt

Modern Theories of Drama

A Selection of Writings on Drama and Theatre, 1850-1990

By: George W. Brandt (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780198711407
Number Of Pages: 360

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Modern Theories of Drama concentrates on the developments in dramatic theory over the last 150 years, providing a crucial resource for students of drama and theatre studies. From Aristotle's Poetics onwards, drama - especially 'serious' drama - has been encased in a framework of theory, although the more popular forms of theatre have often chosen to ignore this. However, from the eighteenth century until the present day, theoretical questioning of the 'rules' (Aristotelian and other) has constantly grown in scope and strength. This attack was to become more and more vigorous in the second half of the nineteenth century and reach gale force in the twentieth. Different audience profiles and new performance venues; innovative methods of presentation; a changing sense of the purposes of drama and of its philosophical content, have resulted in the striking instability of theory which confronts us today. Quite new concepts have arisen in this century, seemingly outdated ones have been resurrected.

Part I: Introduction Richard Wagner: The Work of Art of the Future Georges Polti: The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations Ferdinand Brunetière: The Law of the Drama Henri Bergson: The Comic in Situations Eric Bentley: Melodrama Jean-Paul Sartre: For a Theatre of Situations Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Theatre Problems Howard Barker: Theatre Without a Conscience Victor Turner: Are There Universals of Performance in Myth, Ritual, and Drama? Part II: Varieties of Realism Friedrich Hebbel: The Relationship of Dramatic Art to its Age and Allied Matters Ëmile Zola: Naturalism August Strindberg: Author's Preface to `Miss Julie' George Bernard Shaw: Against the Well-Made Play Arthur Miller: `Death of a Salesman': A Modern Tragedy? Part III: Anti-Naturalism Maurice Maeterlinck: The Tragical in Daily Life William Butler Yeats: The Theatre William Butler Yeats: Certain Nobel Plays of Japan Vsevolod Emilievich Meyerhold: On the Theatre: The Fairground Booth Edward Gordon Craig: The Art of the Theatre: The First Dialogue Adolphe Appia: Organic Unity Eugene O'Neill: Memoranda on Masks Eugene O'Neill: A Dramatist's Notebook August Strindberg: Author's Note to `A Dream Play' Alfred Jarry: On the Futility of the `Theatrical' in the Theatre Guillaume Apollinaire: Preface and Prologue to `The Breasts of Tiresias' Yvan Goll: Preface to Die Unsterblichen (`The Immortals') Yvan Goll: Preface to `Methusalem, The Eternal Bourgeois' Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, with Emilio Settimelli and Bruno Corra: The Futurist Synthetic Theatre Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz: On a New Type of Play Antonin Artaud: The Theatre of Cruelty: First Manifesto Antonin Artaud: An End to Masterpieces Jerry Grotowski: The Theatre's New Testament Peter Brook: The Holy Theatre: Happenings Eugène Ionesco: The London Controversy: Tynan v. Ionesco Part IV: Political Theatre Ernst Toller: Letter to a Creative Collaborator Erwin Piscator: The Programme of the Proletarian Theatre Bertolt Brecht: The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre Bertolt Brecht: A Short Organum for the Theatre Peter Weiss: The Material and the Models Augusto Boal: Poetics of the Oppressed Michelene Wandor: Political Dynamics: The Feminisms Part V: Semiotics Jindrich Honzl: Dynamics of the Sign in the Theatre Umberto Eco: Semiotics of Theatrical Performance Marvin Carlson: Psychic Polyphony Martin Esslin: The Signs of Stage and Screen Patrice Pavis: Avant-Garde Theatre and Semiology: A Few Practices and the Theory Behind Them Select Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198711407
ISBN-10: 0198711409
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.68