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Defining the Field. A collection of twelve essays from leading theatre and drama scholars.

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Overview

Theatre, like other subjects in the humanities, has recently undergone quintessential changes in theory, approach, and research. Modern Drama - a collection of twelve essays from leading theatre and drama scholars - investigates the contemporary meanings and the cultural and political resonances of the terms inherent in the concepts of 'modern' and 'drama,' delving into a range of theoretical questions on the history of modernism, modernity, postmodernism, and postmodernity as they have intersected with the shifting histories of drama, theatre, and performance. Using incisive analyses of both modern and postmodern plays, the contributors examine varied topics such as the analysis of periodicity; the articulation of social, political, and cultural production in theatre; the re-evaluation of texts, performances, and canons; and demonstrations of how interdisciplinarity inflects theatre and its practice.

Including work by Sue-Ellen Case, Elin Diamond, Harry J. Elam Jr, Alan Filewod, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Stanton B. Garner Jr, Shannon Jackson, Loren Kruger, Josephine Lee, David Savran, Michael Sidnell, and Ann Wilson, the collection highlights the importance of continuing to investigate not only critical texts but also the terms of the debate themselves. Incorporating both drama history and modern studies, this compilation will be an invaluable work to all scholars of theatre and drama, and as well as those students of the humanities and modernism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802086211
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Ric Knowles is a professor of drama at the University of Guelph and a member of faculty at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto.

Joanne Tompkins is a lecturer in Diverse Cultures, Sociology of Education, and First Nations Education in the Department of Education at St Francis Xavier University.

W.B. Worthen is a professor of Drama at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Modern Drama/Modernity's Drama 3
Aesthetic Prejudice in Modern Drama 15
Why Modern Plays Are Not Culture: Disciplinary Blind Spots 29
Quo Vadis? Theatre Studies at the Crossroads 48
Physiologies of the Modern: Zola, Experimental Medicine, and the Naturalist Stage 67
Making Sense of Sensation: Enlightenment, Embodiment, and the End(s) of Modern Drama 80
Luminous Writing, Embodiment, and Modern Drama: Mme Blavatsky and Bertolt Brecht 102
The Haunted Houses of Modernity 117
Hauntings: Anxiety, Technology, and Gender in Peter Pan 128
Bodies, Revolutions, and Magic: Cultural Nationalism and Racial Fetishism 144
Modernism and Genocide: Citing Minstrelsy in Postcolonial Agitprop 162
August Wilson, Doubling, Madness, and Modern African-American Drama 173
Works Cited 193
Contributors 209
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