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  • ISBN-13: 9780313213090
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/21/1981
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    The only source of its kind for tracing concepts in dramatic theory and criticism.

    There are several valuable anthologies of writings in dramatic theory and criticism; Clark, Dukore and others come to mind. Only this one, however, is organized on the principle of facilitating direct comparison of different writers on the same theme or topic, and tracing a the development of a specific theme or topic over time. For example, pursuing the concept of the 'fourth wall,' it is the work of just a few moments to find the idea in the index under Convention--and suitably cross-referenced under its own heading--and trace the concept from Diderot's formulation in 1758 to Brecht's denunciation of it in the 20th century. Further research on the topic is greatly facilitated by compact and easily reviewed bibliographic and biographic information on each writer. Certain passages are reproduced under more than one heading rather than merely being cross-referenced, so that there is a minimum of page-flipping involved. The one regret one feels about this work is that it is in hardcopy form; it would make a truly marvelous work done in hypertext, where the cross-linking, searching and indexing functions could be so greatly enriched. Perhaps the publisher might be persuarded by an importunate public to provide such a thing.

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