Play Analysis / Edition 3

Play Analysis / Edition 3

by David Rush
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809326094

ISBN-13: 9780809326099

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

With the skills of a playwright, the vision of a producer, and the wisdom of an experienced teacher, David Rush offers a fresh and innovative guide to interpreting drama in A Student Guide to Play Analysis, the first undergraduate teaching tool to address postmodern drama in addition to classic and modern. Covering a wide gamut of texts and genres, this

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With the skills of a playwright, the vision of a producer, and the wisdom of an experienced teacher, David Rush offers a fresh and innovative guide to interpreting drama in A Student Guide to Play Analysis, the first undergraduate teaching tool to address postmodern drama in addition to classic and modern. Covering a wide gamut of texts and genres, this far-reaching and user-friendly volume is easily paired with most anthologies of plays and is accessible even to those without a literary background.

Contending that there are no right or wrong answers in play analysis, Rush emphasizes the importance of students developing insights of their own. The process is twofold: understand the critical terms that are used to define various parts and then apply these to a particular play. Rush clarifies the concepts of plot, character, and language, advancing Aristotle’s concept of the Four Causes as a method for approaching a play through various critical windows. He describes the essential difference between a story and a play, outlines four ways of looking at plays, and then takes up the typical structural devices of a well-made play, four primary genres and their hybrids, and numerous styles, from expressionism to postmodernism.

For each subject, he defines critical norms and analyzes plays common to the canon. A Student Guide to Play Analysis draws on thoughtful examinations of such dramas as The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Fences, The Little Foxes, A Doll House, The Glass Menagerie, and The Emperor Jones. Each chapter ends with a list of questions that will guide students in further study.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809326099
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,327,060
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : how to look at a play1
Pt. 1Structural components19
1What is a play?21
2Plot : the beginning35
3Plot : the middle, the ending, and other matters52
4Characters68
5Language79
Pt. 2Genres95
6Classic tragedy99
7Classic comedy113
8Melodrama140
9Farce155
10Alternate genres172
Pt. 3Styles183
11Realism191
12Symbolism205
13Expressionism216
14Theater of the absurd230
15Epic theater242
16Postmodernism260

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