Chapter 1. From Poetry to Performance

  1. W. B. Worthen

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317374.ch1

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

How to Cite

Worthen, W. B. (2009) From Poetry to Performance, in Drama: Between Poetry and Performance, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317374.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153416

Online ISBN: 9781444317374



  • from poetry to performance;
  • Shannon Jackson's “genealogy” of conception of “performance” in modern academy;
  • Jackson segregating literary from cultural or performative elements of drama - as part of “a drama-to-culture genealogy”;
  • dramatic performance and its discontents - the new criticism;
  • teaching of drama - as part of modern literatures in English-speaking universities;
  • Drama, poetry, and “interpretation”;
  • New Criticism - developing “ontological account of poetry”;
  • theatrical function of dramatic writing in Anglo-American tradition;
  • Eliot's poetic drama - dynamic, relationship between writing and revivified social technology of theatre;
  • Heresy, responsibility and performance


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Dramatic Performance and its Discontents: The New Criticism

  • Dramatic Writing and its Discontents: Performance Studies, Drama Studies