A History of Modern Drama, Volume I

A History of Modern Drama, Volume I

Author(s): David Krasner

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

Print ISBN: 9781405157575

Online ISBN: 9781444343762

DOI: 10.1002/9781444343762

About this Book

Covering the period 1879 to 1959, and taking in everything from Ibsen to Beckett, this book is volume one of a two-part comprehensive examination of the plays, dramatists, and movements that comprise modern world drama.

  • Contains detailed analysis of plays and playwrights, connecting themes and offering original interpretations
  • Includes coverage of non-English works and traditions to create a global view of modern drama
  • Considers the influence of modernism in art, music, literature, architecture, society, and politics on the formation of modern dramatic literature
  • Takes an interpretative and analytical approach to modern dramatic texts rather than focusing on production history
  • Includes coverage of the ways in which staging practices, design concepts, and acting styles informed the construction of the dramas

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Trauma Drama

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  2. Part II: Modernist Beginnings

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  3. Part III: Realism

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  4. Part IV: Dissociated Sensibility

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  5. Part V: Avant Garde

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  6. Part VI: Epic Modernism

  7. Part VII: The Divided Self of American Drama

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  8. Part VIII: Hell Is Other People

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  9. Part VIII: Hell is Other People

  10. Part IX: Modernist Improvising

  11. Part X: Conclusion

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