Drama: A Pocket Anthology / Edition 5

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The ideal alternative to longer anthologies, this brief, affordable, and diverse collection of widely taught and influential plays provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the study of drama. This chronologically organized anthology includes playwrights from classical Greece to contemporary Broadway, reflecting the work of the genre’s most distinguished playwrights.

Gwynn’s Drama is a terrific and affordable collection of plays…I recommend to students that they keep [this volume] after the class is over to read for pleasure and to use for reference.

Laura Early, University of Louisville

The plays in [this] text are a perfect spring board for everything that needs to be covered in the class. It is a text that gets straight to the point of theatre. I appreciate this fact and the fact that it is actually affordable. The students like that.

Elizabeth M. Sloan, Northeast State Community College

In addition to offering a strong selection of plays, Gwynn…introduces students, in fluent prose, not only to key traditions in drama but also to the working vocabulary they’ll need for the course.

Randy Hendricks, University of West Georgia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205032167
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/24/2011
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 416,447
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

R. S. Gwynn has edited several other books, including Fiction: A Pocket Anthology; Poetry: A Pocket Anthology; Literature: A Pocket Anthology; Inside Literature: Reading, Responding, Writing (with Steven Zani); The Art of the Short Story (with Dana Gioia); and Contemporary American Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (with April Lindner). He has also authored five collections of poetry, including No Word of Farewell: Selected Poems, 1970-2000. He has been awarded the Michael Braude Award for verse from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gwynn is University Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

* indicate new selections.

Introduction

The Play’s the Thing.

Origins of Drama.

Aristotle on Tragedy.

Plot.

Characterization.

Theme.

Diction.

Spectacle.

Brief History and Description of Dramatic Conventions.

Film Versions: A Note.

Writing About Drama.

Drama.

Sophocles (496?-406 B. C.), Antigone, translated by Robert Fagles

* William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Twelfth Night, edited by David Bevington

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), An Enemy of the People, adapted by Arthur Miller.

Susan Glaspell (1882-1948), Trifles.

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), The Glass Menagerie.

Edward Albee, (B. 1928), The Sandbox.

Athol Fugard (B. 1932), “Master Harold” . . . and the boys.

August Wilson (B. 1945-2005), The Piano Lesson

David Ives (B. 1950), Sure Thing.

Milcha Sanchez-Scott (B. 1953), The Cuban Swimmer

* Yasmina Reza (B. 1959) The God of Carnage

Acknowledgements.

List of Critical Terms.

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