The Seagull Reader: Plays / Edition 2

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Overview

Compact, portable, and inexpensive, The Seagull Reader: Plays, Second Edition, offers 8 classic (and contemporary classic) plays, 2 of them--Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun--new to this edition.
Like all Norton anthologies, The Seagull Reader: Plays is responsibly edited and has helpful editorial apparatus, offering Norton quality at less than a third of the price of full-length drama anthologies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393933246
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/3/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 213,410
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Kelly (Ph.D., University of Texas) is Associate Professor of English at the College of Charleston. He is the author of Our Joyce: From Outcast to Icon.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Note on Dates x
Introduction xi
What Is Drama? xi
Dramatic Conventions Then and Now xii
Cultural Context xiii
Page versus Stage xiv
The Parts of a Play xvi
Plot xvi
Character xix
Spectacle xxi
Symbolism xxiii
Tragedy xxv
Comedy xxviii
Major Moments in the History of Theater xxix
Greek Theater xxix
Elizabethan Theater xxxii
Nineteenth-Century Middle-Class Theater xxxv
The Provincetown Players xxxvi
Contemporary American Theater xxxviii
Regional Theaters xl
Conclusion xl
Plays
Sophocles, Oedipus the King 3
William Shakespeare, Hamlet 54
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House 182
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest 254
Susan Glaspell, Trifles 317
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie 332
August Wilson, Fences 400
David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly 469
Biographical Sketches 535
Glossary 541
Permissions Acknowledgments 547
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