The Art Of Writing Drama

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The Art of Writing Drama is an indispensable textbook for wherever writing for the stage is taught, but also serves as a foundational book for any student taking courses in performance media - radio, television and film.

Coupling theory with practice, the book opens with a survey of the current methodologies of teaching playwriting and of textual analysis. The theories of Bakhtin, Foucault and Derrida are examined as are the agendas of play reviewers from the national press. In ...

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Overview

The Art of Writing Drama is an indispensable textbook for wherever writing for the stage is taught, but also serves as a foundational book for any student taking courses in performance media - radio, television and film.

Coupling theory with practice, the book opens with a survey of the current methodologies of teaching playwriting and of textual analysis. The theories of Bakhtin, Foucault and Derrida are examined as are the agendas of play reviewers from the national press. In the second section of the book, a wealth of guidance with practical exercises on the skills of writing for the stage is provided.

Throughout the text, Wandor draws on her extensive experience as both playwright and teacher of creative writing to provide a guide that is both a scholarly and an immensely practical guide to writing for the theatre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413775863
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Professional Media Practice Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre's main stages - 'The Wandering Jew'. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Drama - the apparently incomplete text 16

Ch. 2 The emergence of the dramatist and drama in education 29

Ch. 3 The performance text 40

Ch. 4 The text from the other side : director and performer 55

Ch. 5 The novel and the drama 64

Ch. 6 Methods of teaching - the workshop 71

Ch. 7 The concepts in how-to books on dramatic writing 87

Ch. 8 Stage directions 101

Ch. 9 The compleat dramatist - preparing to write 117

Ch. 10 The text - dialogue and relationships 126

Ch. 11 Teaching and learning the art of writing drama 137

Ch. 12 The pedagogic process 142

Ch. 13 Subject matter, character and follow-up 166

Ch. 14 Culture and representation 173

Ch. 15 Conclusions 181

Bibliography 183

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