Modern Theories of Drama

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

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9780198835738

Publication date:

22/08/2018

Paperback

360 pages

Price: 385.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780198835738

Publication date:

22/08/2018

Paperback

360 pages

Edited by George W. Brandt

Rights:  OUP UK (Indian Territory)

Edited by George W. Brandt

Description

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 Quite new concepts have arisen in this century, seemingly outdated ones have been resurrected.

About the Author
Edited by George W. Brandt, Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol

Edited by George W. Brandt

Table of contents


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

Edited by George W. Brandt

Features

  • Of interest not only to students, playwrights, dramaturges, and performers, but also to general readers and theatre-goers
  • Explores the developments in dramatic theory over the last 150 years
  • Includes excerpts from a number of significant figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Richard Wagner, Jean-Paul Sartre, William Butler Yeats, August strindberg, Eugene O'Neill, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Miller, Eugene Ionesco, Bertolt Brecht, Peter Weiss, Emile Zola, and Umberto Eco

Edited by George W. Brandt

Review

"...a valuable compendium of writing on theatre from 1840 to 1990." ,b>- Times Literary Supplement

Edited by George W. Brandt

Description

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.

About the Author
Edited by George W. Brandt, Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol

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Reviews

"...a valuable compendium of writing on theatre from 1840 to 1990." ,b>- Times Literary Supplement

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Table of contents


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

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