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* Twentieth-Century Theatre: A Sourcebook by Richard Drain; Routledge, 1995 [ ] Theatre Books books

The Theatre and Dramatic Theory by Allardyce Nicoll; Barnes & Noble, 1962

Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball; Southern Illinois University Press, 1983 : - Part One: Shape - 1: What Happens That Makes Something Else Happen? - 2: And What Happens Next? - 3: But Do It Backwards - 4: Stasis and Intrusion - 5: Obstacle, Conflict - 6: Ignorance is Bliss (or: the Very Cause of Everyone's Lunacy About Hamlet) - 7: Things Theatrical - Part Two: Methods - 8: Exposition - 9: Forwards: Hungry for Next - 10: Missing Persons (character) - 11: Image - 15: Families - 16: Generalities: Mood, Atmosphere - 17: The Unique Factor - 18: Changing Eras - 19: Climax - 20: Beginnings/Endings - 21: Rereading - 22: What Next?

The Elements of Drama by J. L. Styan; 1960 - Introduction - Part I: The Dramatic Score - 2: Dramatic Verse is More Than Dialogue in Verse - 3: Making Meanings In The Theatre - 4: Shifting Impressions - 5: The Behaviour of the Words On the Stage - Part II: Orchestration - 7: Tempo and Meaning - 8: Manipulating the Characters - 9: Breaking the Continuity - 10: The Meaning of the Play As a Whole - Part III: Values - 12: Passing Judgment - 13: Playgoing as an Art

Plays by Anton Tchekoff by Julius West; Scribner's Sons, 1919 (public domain)

Edward Albee: A Casebook by Bruce J.Mann; Routledge, 2003 (Albee Page)

Jacques Lecoq by Simon Murray; Routledge, 2003

The Kabuki Theatre by Earle Ernst; Oxford University Press, 1956 : - Chapter I - Chapter II: The Development of the Physical Theatre - Chapter III: The Audience and Its Attitudes - Chapter V: Elements of the Performance - Chapter VI: The Stage - Chapter VII: The Actor - Chapter VIII: Plays and Characters - Chapter IX: Kabuki and the Western Room - Short Glossary of Theatre Terms

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot by Harold Bloom; Chelsea House, 1987 - Modern Critical Interpretations - Waiting for Godot - Contents - Editor's Note - Introduction - Bailing out the Silence - The Search for the Self - Waiting - Waiting for Godot - The Waiting Since - The Language of Myth - Beckett and the Problem of Modern Culture - Beckett's Modernity and Medieval Affinities
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Tennessee Williams: A Guide to Research and Performance by Philip C. Kolin; Greenwood Press, 1998

The Theatre of the Weimar Republic by John Willett; Holmes & Meier, 1988

Revolution in American Drama by Edmond M. Gagey; Columbia University Press, 1947

Avant Garde Theatre, 1892-1992 by Christopher Innes; Routledge, 1993 - 1: Introduction - 2: The Politics of Primitivism - 3: Dreams, Archetypes and the Irrational - 4: Therapy and Subliminal Theatre - 5: Antonin Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty - 6: Ritual and Acts of Communion - 7: Black Masses and Ceremonies of Negation - 8: Myth and Theatre Laboratories - 9: Secular Religions and Physical Spirituality - 10: Anthropology, Environmental Theatre and Sexual Revolution - 11: Interculturalism and Expropriating the Classics - 12: From the Margins to Mainstream

Jacques Copeau: Biography of a Theater by Maurice Kurtz; Southern Illinois University Press, 1999

Strategies of Drama: The Experience of Form by Oscar Lee Brownstein; Greenwood Press, 1991 - INTRODUCTION: THE FOLK LANGUAGE OF THE THEATER - Chapter 1 "Changing the Situation" Through Dramatic Language And Dramatic Form - NOTES - Chapter 2 Prospective Strategies: The Dramatic Future - NOTES - Chapter 3 Retrospective Strategies: Dramatic Memory - NOTES - Chapter 4 Plot: the Grand Design - NOTES - Chapter 5 The Basis of Climax Strategies: Figure/Ground Reversals - NOTES - Chapter 6 Complexity, Counterpoint, And Complicity


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The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche, Douglas Smith; Oxford University Press, 2000

Preface to Drama: An Introduction to Dramatic Literature and Theater Art by Charles W. Cooper; Ronald Press, 1955

Happy Days: A Play in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett; Grove Press, 1961

Aristotle (384-322 BCE.): Poetics

Aristotle's Poetics by Patrick Atherton, John Baxter, George Whalley, Aristotle; McGill-Queens University Press, 1997

Aristotle's Poetics: A Course of Eight Lectures by Colin Hardie, Humphry House; Greenwood Press, 1978

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textbook -- Modern Drama : Selected Plays from 1879 to the Present by Walter Levy (Editor) Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (October 21, 1998) $74 * 0132267217



Longman's Anthology of World Drama and Theatre

The Dramatist's Toolkit

Solving Your Script

Art Of Dramatic Writing

Theatre on the Web:

The Bedford Introduction to Literature : Reading, Thinking, Writing by Michael Meyer ISBN: 0312259182



Bertolt Brecht. Anything from John Willett's Brecht on Theatre.

Susan Glaspell. Excerpts from Road to the Temple

Arthur Miller. Anything from Theater Essays of Arthur Miller

Bernard Shaw. Selections from his Theatre Reviews.

August Strindberg. Anything from Letters to an Intimate Theatre


Week Two Plato, Ion, from Republic, from Phaedrus

Week Three Aristotle, Poetics

Week Four Schlegel, from Ideas; Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Week Five Nietzsche, from The Birth of Tragedy, Truth and Lie in an Extra- Moral Sense

Week Six Freud, from The Interpretation of Dreams; Jung, On theRelation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry; Lacan, The Mirror Stage asFormative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience

Week Seven Heidegger, Language

Week Eight Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Week Nine Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent

Week Ten Barthes, The Death of the Author, From Work to Text; Foucault, What is an Author?

Week Eleven Hirsch, Objective Interpretation

Week Twelve Derrida, from Platos Pharmacy; Blanchot, The Absence of the Book

Week Thirteen Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa; Kristeva, from Revolution in Poetic Language

Week Fourteen Eagleton, The Rise ofEnglish; Ngugi, Liyong, Owuor-Anyumba, On theAbolition of the English Department

Week Fifteen Graff, Taking Cover inCoverage; Knapp and Michaels, AgainstTheory

On Stage a History of Theatre by Vera Mowry Roberts; Harper & Row, 1962

From Page to Stage: Classical to Contemporary Drama

Table of Contents

Volume I: Classical to Restoration.
Aeschylus, The Agamemnon (translator: Robert Fagles)
Sophocles, Antigone (translator: David Grene)
Euripides, Medea (translator: Rex Warner)
Aristophanes, Lysistrata (translator: Alan H. Sommerstein)
Scenes from: The Menaechmi (Plautus); Phormio (Terence); Thyestes (Seneca).
Hroswitha, Dulcitius (translator: Katharina Wilson).
Anonymous, Everyman.
Kalidasa, Shakuntala (translator TBA).
Wakefield Master, The Second Shepherds Play (modernized by Anthony Caputi).
Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Othello and The Winters Tale.
John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
Pedro de la Barca Calderon, The Constant Prince (translator TBA).
Moliere, School for Wives (Richard Wilbur).
Jean Racine, Phedre (Richard Wilbur).
William Congreve, The Way of the World.

Volume II: 19th Century to the Present:
Scenes from: The Triumph of Love (Marivaux), Under the Gaslight (Daly), A
Glass of Water (Scribe), Wozeck (Buchner).
Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler (translator: James McFarlane).
August Strindberg, The Father (translator: Walter Johnson).
Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters (Lanford Wilson).
George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House.
John Millington Synge, Playboy of the Western World.
Eugene ONeill, Desire Under the Elms.
Eugene Ionesco, The Lesson (translator TBA).
Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children (translator: Eric Bentley).
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Arthur Miller, All My Sons.
Samuel Beckett, Happy Days.
Wole Soyinka, Death and the Kings Horseman.
Harold Pinter, Betrayal.
Caryl Churchill, Blue Heart.
Anna Deavere Smith, Fires in the Mirror.
Edward Albee, Three Tall Women.
Frank McGuinness, Someone Wholl Watch Over Me.
Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive.
Yasmina Reza, Life X 3 (translator: Christopher Hampton).
Neil LaBute, The Mercy Seat.

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Drama 1900 to the Present
Twentieth-Century Drama
When complete, Twentieth-Century Drama will contain 2,500 published plays from throughout the English-speaking world, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present day.

Authors and plays have been selected by an academic advisory board, largely according to their current profile in both teaching and research at universities, colleges and schools. For major authors, we have aimed to include each writer's complete dramatic works; for less prominent authors, a representative sample has been selected; in some cases, a single play by a given author has been included owing to its particular significance. While the emphasis has been on selecting authors who feature prominently in both the academic canon and the current theatrical repertoire, we have also aimed to include plays that have suffered neglect owing to lack of availability in print, and plays by authors of historical importance.

Selection has been limited to works originally written in English. However, translations of non-English language works have been included where these form part of a playwright's main oeuvre: examples include W.B. Yeats's Sophocles' King Oedipus (1928) and Lady Augusta Gregory's translation of Molire's The Doctor in Spite of Himself (1906).



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