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Literary studies: plays & playwrights books

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The Theatre of Eugene O'Neill American Modernism on the World Stage by Kurt (Tennessee Tech University, USA) Eisen The Theatre of Eugene O'Neill American Modernism on the World Stage
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The Theatre of Eugene O'Neill offers a new comprehensive overview of O'Neill's career and plays in the context of the American theatre. Organised thematically, it considers his modernist intervention in the theatre, offers readers detailed analysis of the plays, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017

The Revenger's Tragedy: The State of Play by Gretchen (Montana State University, USA) Minton The Revenger's Tragedy: The State of Play
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The Revenger's Tragedy (1606), now widely attributed to Thomas Middleton, is a play that provides a dark, satirical response to other revenge tragedies such as Hamlet. With its over-the-top and highly theatrical approach to revenge, The Revenger's Tragedy has emerged...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017

British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue Volume VIII: 1624-1631 by Martin (Senior Scholar, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon) Wiggins, Catherine, PhD (Reader in Renaissa Richardson British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue Volume VIII: 1624-1631
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The eighth volume of a comprehensive reference work detailing every play written by a British author during the English Renaissance. The years covered in this volume saw the end of the careers of most of the great Jacobean dramatists and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

Renaissance Papers 2016 by Jim Pearce Renaissance Papers 2016

Annual volume of the best essays submitted to the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, this year with an emphasis on Shakespeare, reading practices, and the visual arts.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English Literature by Beatrice (University of Oxford) Groves The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English Literature

This book argues that the destruction of Jerusalem is a key explanatory trope for early modern texts.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

Screening Early Modern Drama Beyond Shakespeare by Pascale (Associate Professor of Early Modern Performance Studies, University of Exeter) Aebischer Screening Early Modern Drama Beyond Shakespeare
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Pascale Aebischer provides the only comprehensive analysis of early modern drama on screen, expanding the scope of Shakespearean performance studies.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

Staging Beckett in Great Britain by David (University of Chester, UK) Tucker Staging Beckett in Great Britain
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Beckett's relationship with British theatre is complex and underexplored, yet his impact has been immense. Uniquely placing performance history at the centre of its analysis, this volume examines Samuel Beckett's drama as it has been staged in Great Britain, bringing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

The Late Work of Sam Shepard by Shannon Blake (Kansas State University, USA) Skelton The Late Work of Sam Shepard
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Hailed by critics during the 1980s as the decade's 'Great American Playwright', Sam Shepard continued to produce work in a wide array of media including short prose, films, plays, performances and screenplays until his death in 2017. Like Samuel Beckett...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

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Women's Playwriting and the Women's Movement, 1890-1918 by Anna (University of Regensburg, Germany) Farkas Women's Playwriting and the Women's Movement, 1890-1918
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Women's Playwriting and the Women's Movement 1890-1918 is the first dedicated study of a period of exceptional productivity for female playwrights. British theatre and women's position within society both underwent fundamental changes at the turn of the 20th century, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/11/2017

Twenty-First Century American Playwrights by Christopher (University of East Anglia) Bigsby Twenty-First Century American Playwrights

Introduces nine exciting and talented playwrights who have emerged in twenty-first century America, exploring issues of race, gender and society.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

Twenty-First Century American Playwrights by Christopher (University of East Anglia) Bigsby Twenty-First Century American Playwrights

Introduces nine exciting and talented playwrights who have emerged in twenty-first century America, exploring issues of race, gender and society.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Fifty Playwrights on their Craft by Caroline (Dramaturg, UK) Jester, Caridad (Playwright, USA) Svich Fifty Playwrights on their Craft
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In a series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, this book offers a fascinating study of the voices, thoughts, and opinions of today's most important dramatists. Filled with probing questions, Fifty Playwrights on their Craft explores...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Learning to Kneel Noh, Modernism, and Journeys in Teaching by Carrie J. Preston Learning to Kneel Noh, Modernism, and Journeys in Teaching

In this inventive mix of criticism, scholarship, and personal reflection, Carrie J. Preston explores the nature of cross-cultural teaching, learning, and performance. Throughout the twentieth century, Japanese noh was a major creative catalyst for American and European writers, dancers, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/12/2017

The Materials of Early Theatre: Sources, Images, and Performance Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies by Meg (University of Cyprus) Twycross The Materials of Early Theatre: Sources, Images, and Performance Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

The essays selected for this volume are chosen to reflect the important and intersecting ways in which over the last forty years Meg Twycross has shifted paradigms for people reading early English religious drama. The focus of Meg Twycross's research...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/12/2017

Brian Friel by Scott Boltwood Brian Friel

Brian Friel is the author of more than thirty plays and over one hundred stories. This Reader's Guide provides a deeply informed survey of the criticism of the major stories and all the plays of this Irish writer's long career.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/12/2017

Brian Friel by Scott Boltwood Brian Friel

Brian Friel is the author of more than thirty plays and over one hundred stories. This Reader's Guide provides a deeply informed survey of the criticism of the major stories and all the plays of this Irish writer's long career.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/12/2017

New Playwriting at Shakespeare's Globe by Vera Cantoni New Playwriting at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is recognised worldwide as both a monument to and significant producer of the dramatic art of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. But it has established a reputation too for commissioning innovative and distinctive new plays that respond to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/12/2017

The Translator on Stage by Geraldine (University College London, UK) Brodie The Translator on Stage
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In today's theatre, productions of plays that originated in another language are frequently distinguished by two characteristics: the authorship of the English text by a well-known local theatre specialist, and the absence of the term `translation'-generally in favour of `adaptation'...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/12/2017

The Translator on Stage by Geraldine (University College London, UK) Brodie The Translator on Stage
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In today's theatre, productions of plays that originated in another language are frequently distinguished by two characteristics: the authorship of the English text by a well-known local theatre specialist, and the absence of the term `translation'-generally in favour of `adaptation'...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/12/2017

Early Modern Theatricality by Henry S. Turner Early Modern Theatricality

Early Modern Theatricality brings together some of the most innovative critics in the field to examine the many conventions that characterized early modern theatricality. It generates fresh possibilities for criticism, combining historical, formal, and philosophical questions, in order to provoke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Wooden Os Shakespeare's Theatres and England's Trees by Vin Nardizzi Wooden Os Shakespeare's Theatres and England's Trees

By considering works including Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, the revised Spanish Tragedy, and The Tempest, Nardizzi demonstrates how the trees within them were used in imaginative ways to mediate England's resource crisis.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/01/2018

Studying Plays by Mick Wallis, Simon (The Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK) Shepherd Studying Plays
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Now in its 4th edition, this is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the critical study of drama. Using familiar examples of classic and contemporary works such as Shakespeare's King Lear, Ibsen's A Doll's House and Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018

Studying Plays by Mick Wallis, Simon (The Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK) Shepherd Studying Plays
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Now in its 4th edition, this is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the critical study of drama. Using familiar examples of classic and contemporary works such as Shakespeare's King Lear, Ibsen's A Doll's House and Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018

Other books in this genre

The Branding of Oscar Wilde by Michael Gillespie The Branding of Oscar Wilde


Format: Hardback - Released: 18/10/2017

The Theatre of Tom Murphy Playwright Adventurer by Nicholas (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) Grene The Theatre of Tom Murphy Playwright Adventurer
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Tom Murphy shot to fame with the London production of A Whistle in the Dark in 1961, establishing him as the outstanding Irish playwright of his generation. The international success of DruidMurphy, the 2012-13 staging of three of his major...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages by Tanya (Professor, English Department, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York) Pollard Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages
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Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages argues that ancient Greek plays reshaped early modern theatre. Through original research, the book shows both that these plays were more accessible than previously believed, and that early modern audiences responded to specific themes.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Aeschylus: Libation Bearers by C. W. (Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada) Marshall Aeschylus: Libation Bearers
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Libation Bearers is the 'middle' play in the only extant tragic trilogy to survive from antiquity, Aeschylus' Oresteia, first produced in 458 BCE. This introduction to the play will be useful for anyone reading it in Greek or in translation....
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

The Theater of Revisions in the Hispanic Caribbean by Katherine Ford The Theater of Revisions in the Hispanic Caribbean

This book explores the textured process of rewriting and revising theatrical works in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean as both a material and metaphorical practice.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Shaw's Ibsen A Reappraisal by Joan Templeton Shaw's Ibsen A Reappraisal

Dismantling the notion that Shaw distorted Ibsen to promote his own view of the world, and establishing Shaw's initial interest in Ibsen as the poet of Peer Gynt, it chronicles Shaw's important role in the London Ibsen campaign and exposes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017

Oxford Literature Companion: Death of a Salesman by Su Fielder Oxford Literature Companion: Death of a Salesman

Oxford Literature Companions offer student-friendly support for A Level set texts. This guide to Death of a Salesman is ideal for use in the classroom or for revision, providing insight into characterisation, contexts and critical views, along with activities that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2017

Eroding the Language of Freedom Identity Predicament in Selected Works of Harold Pinter by Farah Ali Eroding the Language of Freedom Identity Predicament in Selected Works of Harold Pinter

Let down by the uncertainties of memory, language, and their own family units, the characters in Harold Pinter's plays endure persistent struggles to establish their own identities. Eroding the Language of Freedom re-examines how identity is shaped in these plays,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

Thomas Mann and Shakespeare Something Rich and Strange by Tobias (LMU Munchen, Germany) Doring Thomas Mann and Shakespeare Something Rich and Strange
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Bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines and countries, Thomas Mann and Shakespeare is the first book-length study to explore the always fascinating, if sometimes disturbing, connections between Shakespeare and Mann. It establishes startling resonances between the central works of these...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Edward Albee A Critical Introduction by Matthew (Georgia State University) Roudane Edward Albee A Critical Introduction

This book covers all of Albee's original plays, spanning his entire career and containing unparalleled insights from personal interviews with the playwright.
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/08/2017

Blood on the Stage, 1600 to 1800 Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem by Amnon Kabatchnik Blood on the Stage, 1600 to 1800 Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem

This volume examines the key representations of transgression drama produced between 1600 and 1800. Arranged in chronological order, the entries consist of plot summary (often including significant dialogue), performance data (if available), opinions by critics and scholars, and other features.
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2017

Edward Albee A Critical Introduction by Matthew (Georgia State University) Roudane Edward Albee A Critical Introduction

This book covers all of Albee's original plays, spanning his entire career and containing unparalleled insights from personal interviews with the playwright.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2017

Inventing the Myth Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination by Connal (Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in the Humanities, Northumbria University) Parr Inventing the Myth Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination
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A lively and timely work about the history and politics of Ulster Protestants. The volume draws on over sixty interviews with politicians and cultural figures and focuses on ten writers whose work has reflected and challenged the views of their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017

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