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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

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. Deftly tracing these themes through community theater groups, ancient Greek theater, religious traditions, and national historical events,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2017

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

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

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

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: 17/08/2017

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: 15/08/2017

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy Playwright Adventurer by Nicholas Grene The Theatre of Tom Murphy Playwright Adventurer

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

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

Staging Beckett in Ireland and Northern Ireland by David (University of Chester, UK) Tucker Staging Beckett in Ireland and Northern Ireland
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This is the first full-length study to focus on Samuel Beckett's drama as it has been staged in Ireland and Northern Ireland. While Beckett's relationship with his native land was a complex one, the importance of his drama as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Reading the Renaissance Culture, Poetics, and Drama by Jonathan Hart Reading the Renaissance Culture, Poetics, and Drama

First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

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

In Learning to Kneel, Carrie J. Preston locates noh drama's influence on American and European writers, dancers, and composers. Preston's work has been profoundly shaped by her training in noh performance technique in Tokyo, a cross-cultural exchange that challenged her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

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


Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2017

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

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

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: 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

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: 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: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

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

Other books in this genre

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

Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama Beyond Authorship by Hugh (University of Newcastle, New South Wales) Craig, Brett (University of Leeds) Greatley-Hirsch Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama Beyond Authorship
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This book uses computational methods and statistical analysis to challenge traditional assumptions about the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017

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

Irish Drama and the Other Revolutions Playwrights, Sexual Politics, and the International Left, 1892-1964 by Susan Cannon Harris Irish Drama and the Other Revolutions Playwrights, Sexual Politics, and the International Left, 1892-1964

The first modern Irish playwrights emerged in London in the 1890s, at the intersection of a rising international socialist movement and a new campaign for gender equality and sexual freedom. Irish Drama and the Other Revolutions shows how Irish playwrights...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2017

The Theater of Arthur Adamov by John J. McCann The Theater of Arthur Adamov

First recognized with the likes of Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco as a defining figure at the forefront of the theatre of the absurd, French playwright Adam Adamov had a prolific career, writing twenty plays between 1947 and 1970. John...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2017

The Aesthetic And Moral Art Of Wole Soyinka by Yemi D. Ogunyemi The Aesthetic And Moral Art Of Wole Soyinka

Provides a compendium of the Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka's creative works. Book One shows the dramatic, intellectual, fundamental, aesthetic and moral art. Book Two dwells on literature, value, art, morality, aesthetics and other human interests. Book Three speaks to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/07/2017

The Theatre of Anthony Neilson by Trish Reid The Theatre of Anthony Neilson

Anthony Neilson is one of the most exciting and challenging voices in contemporary British theatre. For more than two decades he has been in the vanguard of new writing and has acquired a formidable reputation for innovation and experimentation. His...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017

Melodrama by James L. Smith Melodrama

First published in 1973, this book explores the genre of melodrama. After discussing the defining characteristics of melodrama, the book examines the dramatic structures of the two major and contrasting emotions presented in melodrama: triumph and defeat. It concludes with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/07/2017

Modern Verse Drama by Arnold P. Hinchliffe Modern Verse Drama

First published in 1977, this book provides a clear and well-illustrated analysis of modern verse drama. It studies the work of its chief exponents, T. S. Eliot and Christopher Fry, as well as the genre's place in the development of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/07/2017

Drama and the Dramatic by S. W. Dawson Drama and the Dramatic

First published in 1970, this book explores drama as literature and provides critical overviews of different aspects of drama and the dramatic. It first asks what a play is, before going on to examine dramatic language, action and tension, dramatic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/07/2017

A New Companion to Renaissance Drama by Arthur F. Kinney A New Companion to Renaissance Drama

A New Companion to Renaissance Drama provides an invaluable summary of past and present scholarship surrounding the most popular and influential literary form of its time. Original interpretations from leading scholars set the scene for important paths of future inquiry.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2017

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