The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama / Edition 5

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Known through three editions as the boldest and most distinguished introduction to drama, W. B. Wurthen's pace-setting text - now titled The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama - continues in this new fourth edition to provide an exciting selection of relevant plays, usefully situated within their historical and cultural context.
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Editorial Reviews

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"I love this book; it's simply one of the best anthologies on the market. It has breadth, giving due recognition to the traditional canon, but at the same time going well beyond it by including non-western plays and a considerable number of works by under-recognized women playwrights."

"The [Wadsworth] is a better text than either of the anthologies I use now; it offers a better selection of plays and some really useful supporting material."

"I was favorably impressed—the book is about as comprehensive as possible without weighing too much or costing too much."

"I wished I had this anthology when I was a student!"

"Overall, I have found the book to have a valuable selection of plays, to be well organized and formatted, and through its introductory and critical materials to strike a nice balance between drama as literature and theatre in performance."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413017670
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/13/2006
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1728
  • Sales rank: 1,316,080
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.52 (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

Introduction: Drama, Theater, and Culture 1
Unit I Classical Athens 9
Unit II Classical Japan 123
Unit III Medieval and Renaissance England 197
Unit IV Early Modern Europe 371
Unit V Modern Europe 529
Unit VI The United States 949
Unit VII World Stages 1339
App Writing About Drama and Theater 1659
Glossary 1667
Bibliography 1679
App Video, Film, and Sound Recordings of Plays 1699
Credits 1709
Index 1713
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