The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, Brief Edition / Edition 6

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THE WADSWORTH ANTHOLOGY OF DRAMA, BRIEF EDITION offers you a bold and most distinguished introduction to drama packed with exciting plays usefully situated within their historical and cultural contexts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428288157
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 1104
  • Sales rank: 254,215
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

W. B. Worthen, Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2003) Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (University of California Press, 1992), The Idea of the Actor: Drama and the Ethics of Performance (Princeton University Press, 1984), Modern Drama: Plays, Criticism, Theory (Wadsworth, 1995), and of many articles on modern drama, Shakespeare, and theories of performance. Professor Worthen received his B. A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and has held research fellowships form the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Humanities. He is past editor of Theatre Journal and current coeditor of Modern Drama.

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Table of Contents

Wadsworth Anthology of Drama: BRIEF EDITION. Preface. Introduction: Drama, Theater, and Culture. Reading Drama and Seeing Theater. Drama and Theater in History. Dramatic Genres. Dramatic Form. The Stage in Critical Practice. Interpreting the Material Theater. UNIT I THEATER OF CLASSICAL EUROPE: ATHENS AND ROME. Classical Athens. The City Dionysia. The Theater of Dionysus. Theater and Social Life. Drama and Performance. Women in the Athenian Theater. Forms of Greek Drama. Greek Drama in Performance History. Classical Rome. Roman Festivals and Drama. Roman Theater Architecture. Roman Drama. Roman Drama in Performance History. Aside: Roscius. Reading the Material Theater: The Pronomos Vase. Sophocles Oedipus the King 429 BCE. Euripides Medea 431 BCE. Plautus The Brothers Menaechmus ca. 215 BCE. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Plato, from The Republic ca. 380 BCE. Aristotle, from The Poetics ca. 330 BCE. UNIT II: CLASSICAL THEATER IN INDIA. Sanskrit Drama. The Performance of Sanskrit Drama. Rasa and Performance. Sanskrit Drama and Theater in Performance and History. Reading the Material Theater: Kudiyattam. Kalidasa Shakuntala (4th century CE). CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Bharata, from Natyasastra 200 BCE- 200 CE. UNIT III CLASSICAL THEATER IN JAPAN. The Development of Noh Theater. The Development of Doll Theater. The Development of Kabuki Theater. Classical Japanese Drama in Performance History. Reading the Material Theater: The Portrait. Kan'ami Kiyotsugu Matsukaze 14th century. Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Nakamura Matagoro II and James R. Brandon, adaptors. Chushingura:The Forty-Seven Samurai 1748. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Zeami Motokiyo, from "A Mirror Held to the Flower" 1424. UNIT IV THEATER IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE. Drama and Theater in Medieval Europe. Liturgical Performance. The Play of Corpus Christi. The English Corpus Christi Play. Morality Drama. Medieval Drama in Performance and History. Reading the Material Theatre: The York Mercers Guild Pageant Wagon. ASIDE: An Eyewitness to the Chester Cycle?. Hrotsvitha Dulcitius late 10th century NEW. Anonymous The Play of Corpus Christi 14th-15th centuries. The Barkers, York The Creation and Fall of Lucifer. The Coopers, York The Fall of Man. Wakefield Second Shepherd's Pageant. The Pinners and Painters, York Crucifixion. Anonymous Everyman 1510. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Anonymous from A Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge c. 1500. UNIT V: THEATER IN EARLY MODERN LONDON. The Professional Theater and Its Society. Theater at Court: The Masque. Drama and Performance. Women in Drama and Performance. Renaissance Drama in Performance and History. Reading the Material Theater: Plays in Print. ASIDE Shakespeare's Globe. Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus c. 1588. William Shakespeare. Hamlet 1600-1601. The Tempest 1610-1611. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Sir Philip Sidney, from Apology for Poetry 1579 CE, published 1595. UNIT VI ENLIGHTENMENT AND REVOLUTION IN EUROPEAN THEATER. The Political Climate. Theater in France, 1660-1800. Theater in England, 1660-1800. Theater in Spain's Golden Age, 1580-1800. Theater in Germany 1660-1800. Dramatic Innovation in France, England, Spain, and Germany. ASIDE Commedia dell'Arte 383. Neoclassicism, Drama, and Theater. Romanticism and Revolution. Enlightenment Drama in Performance and History. Reading the Material Theater: Acting. Pedro Calderon de la Barca Life Is a Dream 1636. Molière Tartuffe 1669 CE. Jean Racine Phaedra 1677. Aphra Behn The Rover 1677. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust, Part One 1808, 1828. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. John Dryden, "Preface to Troilus and Cressida, Containing the Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy" 1679. Gottfried Ephraim Lessing, from The Hamburg Dramaturgy1 767-69. UNIT VII THEATER IN MODERN EUROPE. Theater and Culture 1850- 1950. ASIDE Melodrama. Theater and Culture Since 1950. Modern European Drama in Performance and History. Reading the Material Theater: Samuel Beckett directs Endgame. Henrik Ibsen A Doll House 1879. Anton Chekhov The Cherry Orchard 1904. Bernard Shaw Major Barbara 1905. Bertolt Brecht Mother Courage and Her Children 1939. Samuel Beckett Endgame 1957. Caryl Churchill Cloud Nine 1979. Sarah Kane Blasted 1995 IF WE CAN GET; IF NOT, THEN NOT. Complicite Mnemonic 2002. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Friedrich Nietzsche, from The Birth of Tragedy 1872. Émile Zola, from Naturalism in the Theatre 1878. Bertolt Brecht, "The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre" 1930. "Street Scene" 1938. Antonin Artaud, from The Theater and Its Double 1938. UNIT VIII THEATER IN THE UNITED STATES. "The"American Theater?. European Influence and American Innovation. Postwar Experiments. African-American Drama and Theater. ASIDE The Federal Theater Project. Popular Theater and Mass Culture. American Drama in Performance and History. ASIDE Performance Art. Reading the Material Theater. Susan Glaspell Trifles 1916. Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie 1944. Arthur Miller The Crucible 1953. Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones Dutchman 1964. Luis Valdez Zoot Suit 1978. David Henry Hwang M. Butterfly 1988. Tony Kushner Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches 1991. Suzan-Lori Parks The America Play 1994. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Arthur Miller, from "Tragedy and the Common Man" 1949. Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, from "The Revolutionary Theatre" 1966. UNIT IX WORLD STAGES. A Global Theater?. Postcolonial Perspectives. Postcolonial Drama in Performance and History. Canada. China. India. Ireland and Northern Ireland. Martinique. Nigeria. Analyzing Postcolonial Theater and Drama. Reading the Material Theater. ASIDE Intercultural Performance. Aime Cesaire A Tempest 1969. Wole Soyinka Death and the King's Horseman 1976. Brian Friel Translations 1980. Gao Xingjian The Other Shore 1985. Monique Mojica Princess Pocahantas and the Blue Spots 1990. Mahesh Dattani Final Solutions 1993. CRITICAL CONTEXTS. Frantz Fanon,"The Fact of Blackness" 1952. Helen Gilbert and Joanne Tompkins, from Post-Colonial Drama. APPENDIX: WRITING ABOUT DRAMA AND THEATRE. FURTHER READING. GLOSSARY. CREDITS.

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