Western Drama through the Ages [Two Volumes] [2 volumes]: A Student Reference Guide

Western Drama through the Ages [Two Volumes] [2 volumes]: A Student Reference Guide

by Kimball King
     
 

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The West has a long and rich dramatic tradition, and its dramatic works typically reflect the social and political concerns of playwrights and spectators. This book surveys the Western dramatic tradition from Ancient Greece to modern America. Included are chapters on great eras of drama, such as the Renaissance; national theatres, such as the theatres of Latin

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The West has a long and rich dramatic tradition, and its dramatic works typically reflect the social and political concerns of playwrights and spectators. This book surveys the Western dramatic tradition from Ancient Greece to modern America. Included are chapters on great eras of drama, such as the Renaissance; national theatres, such as the theatres of Latin America, Ireland, and Poland; important theatrical movements, such as musical theatre and African American drama; and influential theatre styles, such as realism, expressionism, and surrealism. Entries are written by leading authorities and cite works for further reading. Students of literature and drama will appreciate the book for its convenient overview of the Western theatrical tradition, while students of history and social studies will welcome its illumination of different cultures and traditions.

Designed for students, the book overviews Western drama from Ancient Greece to modern America. Included are chapters on great eras of drama, such as the Renaissance; national theatres, such as the theatres of Latin America, Ireland, and Poland; important theatrical movements, such as musical theatre and African American drama; and influential theatre styles, such as realism, expressionism, and surrealism. Each chapter is written by an expert contributor and offers an extended consideration of its topic and cites works for further reading. Students of drama and literature will value the book for its exploration of the Western theatrical tradition, while students of history and social studies will welcome its illumination of different cultures and traditions.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

In his 13th published work, King (English, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has compiled and edited a valuable resource of 45 essays by 38 scholars on the history of Western theater and drama through the ages and continents, from Ancient Greece to modern America. The text as a whole is divided into six parts, with the first volume consisting of "The Four Great Eras of Western Drama," "Two Other Major Eras of Western Drama (Medieval and Restoration)," and "National and Regional Theater." The second volume begins with "Theater Movements and Issues," then goes on to "Dramatic Genres and Styles" and ends with "Theatrical Essentials." A comprehensive index allows users to search by playwright, subject, place, and play title. Each essay ends with "Further Readings" for continuing research on the topics introduced. The "Further Readings" and many subheadings make the books easy to use for those needing an overview, and the bibliography will help anyone interested in looking further. The writing is accessible enough for high school students and yet adult enough for informed lay readers. Suitable for public libraries, high schools with a large drama focus, and academic libraries where students enroll in theater or drama courses.
—Sara Marcus

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up -Starting with ancient Greece, and including India and Russia, this set covers significant people, plays, and movements. Volume one examines eras and geographical regions, including subtopics such as a€œClassic Greek and Roman Drama,a€ a€œEnglish Renaissance,a€ a€œLatin American Theater,a€ and a€œModern Scandinavian Drama.a€ Volume two features specific movements (a€œOutdoor Dramaa€), issues (a€œBelief in Contemporary Dramaa€), genres (a€œTragedya€), and styles (a€œSurrealisma€), with a final section on a€œTheatrical Essentialsa€ (a€œActing Stylesa€). The entries, each 5 to 20 pages long, are thorough and well organized, with historical, cultural, and artistic contexts providing useful background. The several dozen scholarly contributors offer an interesting variety of approaches. Longer articles, such as a€œDramatic Comedy,a€ provide full overviews, using notable plays and playwrights as examples. The much shorter a€œTragedya€ section, on the other hand, briefly examines the elements of the genrea€™s appeal over time, while a€œIn Yer Face Theatera€ looks at a controversial movement mostly in the context of Sarah Kanea€™s Blasted . An index provides access to the many related elements common to different topics, though there are no cross-references within the articles. Lack of illustrations and a fairly sophisticated vocabulary make this work most accessible to older high school students. Many of the essays provide more in-depth coverage than similar resources such as Dennis Kennedya€™s The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (2003), which covers a wider variety of topics.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313329340
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Kimball King is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His previous publications include Twenty Modern British Playwrights (1977), Ten Modern Irish Playwrights (1978), and Ten Modern American Playwrights (1980).

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