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The Compact Bedford Introduction to Drama presents a well-balanced selection of plays, commentaries, and casebooks in a concise, affordable format. Its 29 chronologically arranged plays represent every major period from classic times to the present. With in-depth treatment of William Shakespeare, a strong representation of plays by women and American multicultural plays, and an exciting contemporary section loaded with prize winners, The Compact Bedford Introduction to Drama has the plays you want to teach and features designed to help students think critically about all aspects of a play as a work of literature and as a performance.

Giving students a rich understanding of the plays and the contexts from which they emerge, the anthology offers 33 commentaries, two casebooks, the most extensive collection of theater photographs available in a text of this kind, coverage of writing about drama, and a robust companion web site with help for students and instructors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312474898
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 1088
  • Sales rank: 289,150
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LEE A. JACOBUS is professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut and the author/editor of popular English textbooks, among them A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002); The Longman Anthology of American Drama; and Literature: An Introduction to Critical Reading. Professor Jacobus has written scholarly books on Paradise Lost, on the works of John Cleveland, and on the works of Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and the Dialectic of Certainty. He is also a playwright; two of his plays — Fair Warning and Long Division — were produced in New York by the American Theater of Actors; Dance Therapy , three one-act plays, was produced in New York at Where Eagles Dare Theatre. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Volcanic Jesus, his book of short stories, is set in Hawaii.

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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

Introduction: Thinking about Drama

What Is Drama?
Drama and Ritual
Drama: The Illusion of Reality
Seeing a Play Onstage
   Theaters and Their Effect
Reading a Play
The Great Ages of Drama
   Greek Drama
   Roman Drama
   Medieval Drama 
  Renaissance Drama
   Late Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century Drama
   Nineteenth-Century Drama through the Turn of the Twentieth Century
   Drama in the Early and Mid-Twentieth Century
   Contemporary Drama
Genres of Drama
Elements of Drama

Lady Gregory, The Rising of the Moon

Greek Drama
Origins of Greek Drama
   The Greeks and Their Gods
   The Greek Stage
   *The Greek Actor
Genres of Greek Drama
   Satyr Plays
The Great Age of Greek Drama
Greek Drama Timeline
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald)
   Oedipus Rex in Performance
Commentaries on Oedipus Rex
Aristotle, Poetics: Comedy and Epic and Tragedy
Sigmund Freud, The Oedipus Complex
Claude Lévi-Strauss, From The Structural Study of Myth

Aristophanes, Lysistrata (Translated by Dudley Fitts)
   Lysistrata in Performance
Roman Drama
Indigenous Sources
The Greek Influence
The Roman Stage
*The Roman Actor
Roman Drama Timeline
Roman Dramatists
   Plautus, Excerpt from The Twin Menaechmi (Act III)
  Terence, Excerpt from The Brothers (Act V)
   Seneca, Excerpt from Thyestes (Act V, Scene ii)

Medieval Drama
The Role of the Church
Miracle Plays
Mystery Plays
Morality Plays
The Medieval Stage
*The Medieval Actor
Medieval Drama Timeline

Hrosvitha, Dulcitius (Translated by K.M. Wilson)
   Dulcitius in Performance
Commentary on Hrosvitha
Sue-Ellen Case, Re-viewing Hrotsvit

Anonymous, Everyman (Edited by A.C. Cawley)
   Everyman in Performance
Renaissance Drama
Italian Drama
  The Italian Theater
   Commedia dell’Arte
Elizabethan Drama
   The Elizabethan Theater
  * The Elizabethan Actor
   The Elizabethan Audience
  Female Characters on the English Stage
   The Masque
Spanish Drama
Renaissance Drama Timeline
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
   A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Performance
Commentaries on A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Linda Bamber, On A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Peter Brook, The Play is a Message…
Clive Barnes, Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare, Othello
   Othello in Performance
Commentaries on Othello
Virginia Mason Vaughan, Macready’s Othello
Margaret Webster, Shakespeare without Tears
Ben Jonson, The Masque of Blackness
   The Masque of Blackness in Performance
Commentary on Jonson
Eldred Jones, Africa in English Masque and Pageantry
Late Seventeenth-and-Eighteenth Century Drama
The Restoration: Rebirth of Drama
Theater on the Continent: Neoclassicism
   French Comedy: Moliere
*Theater in England: The Restoration
   Restoration Comedy in England
   Eighteenth-Century Drama
* The Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Actor
Drama in Japan
Late Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century Drama Timeline

* Moliere, Tartuffe (Translated by Richard Wilbur)
   Tartuffe in Performance
Commentary on Moliere
* Mel Gussow, Review of ‘Tartuffe’
* Aphra Behn, The Rover; Or, The Banished Cavaliers
   The Rover; or, The Banished Cavaliers in Performance
Commentaries on Behn
* Elaine Hobby, Courtship and Marriage in The Rover
Chikamatsu Monzaemon, The Love Suicides at Sonezaki
   The Love Suicides at Sonezaki in Performance
Commentary on Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Donald H. Shiveley, The Development of Theater Buildings
Nineteenth-Century Drama through the Turn of the Twentieth Century
The Nineteenth Century Theater
* The Nineteenth-Century Actor
Romantic Drama
The Well-Made Play
The Rise of Realism
Nineteenth-Century Drama Timeline
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House (Translated by Rolf Fjelde)
   A Doll House in Performance
Commentaries on A Doll House
Henrik Ibsen, Notes for the Modern Tragedy
Muriel C. Bradbrook, A Doll’s House: Ibsen the Moralist
August Strindberg, Miss Julie (Translated by Harry G. Carlson)
   Miss Julie in Performance
Commentary on Strindberg
August Strindberg, From the Preface to Miss Julie

American Melodrama
   Anna Cora Mowatt, Fashion (Act V)
   George L. Aiken, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Act VI)
   Bronson Howard, Shenandoah (Act III)
   Dion Boucicault, Notes on Acting
   Gary A. Richardson, Melodrama as National History
   Michael R. Booth, A Defense of Nineteenth-Century Drama
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
   The Importance of Being Earnest in Performance
Commentary on Wilde
* Joseph Donohue, Interview with Sir Peter Hall, director of The Importance of Being Earnest
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
   The Cherry Orchard in Performance
Commentaries on Chekhov
Anton Chekhov, From Letters of Anton Chekhov
Peter Brook, On Chekhov

Drama in the Early and Mid-Twentieth Century
The Heritage of Realism
Realism and Myth
Myth and Culture
Poetic Realism
Social Realism
Realism and Expressionism
Epic Theater
Absurdist Drama
* The Early and Mid-Twentieth Century Stage
* The Early and Mid-Twentieth Century Actor
Early and Mid-Twentieth Century Drama Timeline
Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author (Translated by Edward Storer)
   Six Characters in Search of an Author in Performance
Eugene O’Neill, Desire Under the Elms
   Desire Under the Elms in Performance
Commentary on O’Neill
* Louise Kennedy, "‘He knows that it's OK not to know’: Director János Szász approaches ‘Desire’ with an open mind"
Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children: A Chronicle of the Thirty Years’ War (Translated by John Willett)
   Mother Courage in Performance
Commentaries on Brecht
Bertolt Brecht, The Alienation Effect
Bertolt Brecht, Notes for Mother Courage, Scene 12
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
   The Glass Menagerie in Performance
Commentaries on The Glass Menagerie
Lewis Nichols, Review of The Glass Menagerie
Donald Spoto, Laurette Taylor in The Glass Menagerie
Benjamin Nelson, Problems in The Glass Menagerie
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem
   Death of a Salesman in Performance
Commentaries on Miller
Arthur Miller, In Memoriam
Arthur Miller, Tragedy and the Common Man
Death of a Salesman
   Jo Mielziner, Designing a Play: Death of a Salesman
   Brenda Murphy, Death of a Salesman: The Design Process
   Brenda Murphy, Racial Consciousness in Casting Death of a Salesman
   Elia Kazan, Directing Death of a Salesman
   Arthur Miller, Casting Death of a Salesman
   June Schlueter and James K. Flanagan, Memorable Willy
   Catherine Diamond, Death of a Salesman in Taipei
* Samuel Beckett, Krapp’s Last Tape
   Krapp’s Last Tape in Performance
Commentaries on Beckett
* Martin Esslin, The Theater of the Absurd
* Ruby Cohn, Beckett Directing
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
   A Raisin in the Sun in Performance
Contemporary Drama
   Theater of Cruelty
   Environmental Theater
   "Poor Theater"
   Theater of Images
   Gay and Lesbian Theater and Other
• Ensembles
   Experiments with Theater Space
Experimentation within the Tradition
* The Contemporary Theater
* The Contemporary Actor
Contemporary Drama Timeline
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold" … and the boys
   Master Harold …and the boys in Performance
Commentaries on Fugard
Heinrich von Staden, Interview with Athol Fugard
Athol Fugard, From Notebooks 1960-1977
August Wilson, Fences
   Fences in Performance
Commentary on Fences
* Joan Herrington, The Development of Fences
* Tony Kushner, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
   Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in Performance
Commentary on Kushner
*Andrea Bernstein, Interview with Tony Kushner
*Caryl Churchill, Far Away
   Far Away in Performance

* Sarah Ruhl, The Clean House
   The Clean House in Performance
* Suzan-Lori Parks, selections from 365 Days/365 Plays
   365 Days in Performance
Writing about Drama
Why Write about Drama?
Conventions in Writing Criticism about Drama
Approaches to Criticism
   Reader Response
   Close Reading
From Prewriting to Final Draft: A Sample Essay on The Rising of the Moon
How to Write a Review
   What Is the Purpose of a Review?
   What You Need to Write a Good Review
   Preparing to Review a Classic Play
   Preparing to Review a New Play
   Guidelines for Writing Reviews
   Sample Review
Glossary of Dramatic Terms

* new to this edition

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