A Sourcebook on Naturalist Theatre

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Naturalism is one of the key movements in modern theatre, forming the basis for mainstream plays throughout the modern period and dominating theatrical form today. Christopher Innes begins by giving a fascinating overview of naturalist theatre on themes such as the representation of women, significant contemporary issues and the links between theory, play writing and stage practice. The author explores the many aspects of naturalism, citing information on the playwright's intentions when writing the plays, ...
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Overview

Naturalism is one of the key movements in modern theatre, forming the basis for mainstream plays throughout the modern period and dominating theatrical form today. Christopher Innes begins by giving a fascinating overview of naturalist theatre on themes such as the representation of women, significant contemporary issues and the links between theory, play writing and stage practice. The author explores the many aspects of naturalism, citing information on the playwright's intentions when writing the plays, contemporary reviews, political and social background and production notes from early performances of the plays. The playwrights and their plays are: Henrik Ibsen-A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, Anton Chekhov-The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard, and George Bernard Shaw-Mrs. Warren's Profession and Heartbreak House.
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'A focused, informative and very agreeable collection.' - Plays International
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415152280
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Innes is Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto. Among his recent books are Modern British Drama: 1800-1990 and Avant Garde Theatre: 1892-1992.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 The Context of Naturalist Theatre: A Chronology 29
3 Contemporary Theories of Naturalism 43
1 Georg Brandes and Henrik Ibsen 43
2 Emile Zola and Andre Antoine 46
3 Anton Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavsky 53
4 Bernard Shaw 59
4 Henrik Ibsen: 1828-1906 65
1 Context 65
2 Ibsen's naturalistic drama 75
3 A Doll's House 78
4 Hedda Gabler 96
5 Anton Chekhov: 1860-1904 123
1 Context 123
2 Chekhov's naturalistic drama 137
3 The Seagull 142
4 The Cherry Orchard 165
6 Bernard Shaw: 1856-1950 189
1 Context 189
2 Shaw's naturalistic drama 207
3 Mrs. Warren's Profession 212
4 Heartbreak House 232
Selected Critical Bibliography 249
Index 252
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