The Bedford Introduction to Drama / Edition 7

The Bedford Introduction to Drama / Edition 7

by Lee A. Jacobus
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1457606321
ISBN-13:
9781457606328
Pub. Date:
09/14/2012
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's

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The Bedford Introduction to Drama / Edition 7

Offering a broad survey of drama from the ancient Greeks to the present — including many new contemporary prize-winners — The Bedford Introduction to Drama has the plays you want to teach in a collection flexible enough to serve your needs in a variety of courses including introduction to drama or theater, theater appreciation, play analysis, or theater history. Fifty chronologically arranged plays are illuminated by insightful commentaries and casebooks that enrich students’ contextual understanding and encourage critical thinking. Concise introductions for each historical period and play emphasize theater design, staging, and acting style, and a wealth of photographs and illustrations help students visualize plays in performance. Students are fully supported in the course with a guide to writing about drama, a glossary, and additional resources for reading and understanding plays in LaunchPad Solo for Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457606328
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 09/14/2012
Edition description: Seventh Edition
Pages: 1888
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Lee A. Jacobus is professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut and the author/editor of popular English and drama textbooks, among them the full and compact versions of The Bedford Introduction to Drama, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009); and The Longman Anthology of American Drama. He has written scholarly books on Paradise Lost, on the works of John Cleveland, and on the works of Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and the Dialectic of Certainty. He is also a playwright and author of fiction. Two of his plays — Fair Warning and Long Division — were produced in New York by the American Theater of Actors, and Dance Therapy, three one-act plays, was produced in New York at Where Eagles Dare Theatre.  He has recently written a book of short stories, Volcanic Jesus, which is set in Hawaii.

Table of Contents

*New to this Edition

CONTENTS

Preface for Instructors

INTRODUCTION: THINKING ABOUT DRAMA
What Is Drama?
Drama and Ritual
Drama: The Illusion of Reality
Seeing a Play Onstage
Theaters and Their Effect
Reading a Play
The Great Ages of Drama
Egyptian Drama
Greek Drama
Roman Drama
Medieval Drama
Renaissance Drama
Late-Seventeenth – and Eighteenth-Century Drama
Drama from the Nineteenth Century through the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Drama in the Early and Mid-Twentieth Century
Contemporary Drama
Genres of Drama
Tragedy
Comedy
Tragicomedy
Analyzing a Play through the Elements of Drama: Lady Gregory’s The Rising of the Moon
Plot
Characterization
Setting
Dialogue
Music
Movement
Theme

Lady Gregory, The Rising of the Moon

GREEK DRAMA
The Development of Greek Drama
The Greeks and Their Gods
The Greek Stage
The Greek Actor
Genres of Greek Drama
Tragedy
Satyr Plays
Comedy
The Great Age of Greek Drama
Greek Drama Timeline

Aeschylus, Agamemnon
Agamemnon in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Lois Spatz, Oresteia: Trilogy Preserved

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Rex in Performance

COMMENTARIES:
Aristotle, Poetics: Comedy and Epic and Tragedy
Sigmund Freud, The Oedipus Complex

Sophocles, Antigone
Antigone in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Oliver Taplin, Emotion and Meaning in Greek Tragedy

*Euripides, Medea
Medea in Performance

Aristophanes, Lysistrata
Lysistrata in Performance

ROMAN DRAMA
Indigenous Sources
The Roman Stage
The Roman Actor
Roman Drama Timeline
Roman Dramatists
Plautus, Excerpt from The Twin Menaechmi (Act III)
Terence, Excerpt from The Brothers (Act V)
Seneca, Excerpt from Thyestes (Act V, Scene ii)

MEDIEVAL DRAMA
The Role of the Church
Miracle Plays
Mystery Plays
Morality Plays
Japanese Drama
The Medieval Stage
The Medieval Actor
Medieval Drama Timeline

Hrosvitha, Dulcitius
Dulcitius in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Sue-Ellen Case, Re-viewing Hrotsvit

The Wakefield Master, The Second Shepherds' Pageant
The Second Shepherds' Pageant in Performance

Anonymous, Everyman
Everyman in Performance

RENAISSANCE DRAMA
The Italian Theater
Commedia dell’Arte
Elizabethan Drama
The Elizabethan Theater
The Elizabethan Actor
The Elizabethan Audience
Female Characters on the English Stage
The Masque
Spanish Drama
Renaissance Drama Timeline

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus in Performance

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Linda Bamber, On a Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Hamlet in Performance

COMMENTARY:
A.C. Bradley, Hamlet’s Melancholy

Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Life’s a Dream
Life’s a Dream
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Ed Morales, Review of Jose Rivera’s Production of Sueño

LATE-SEVENTEENTH- AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY DRAMA
Theater on the Continent: Neoclassicm
French Tragedy
French Comedy: Molière
Theater in England: The Restoration
Eighteenth-Century Drama
The Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Actor
Drama in Japan
Late-Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Drama Timeline

Molière, Tartuffe
Tartuffe in Performance

Aphra Behn, The Rover, or The Banished Cavaliers
The Rover, or The Banished Cavaliers in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Elaine Hobby, Courtship and Marriage in The Rover

Chikamatsu Monzaemon, The Love Suicides at Sonezaki
The Love Suicides at Sonezaki
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Donald H. Shively, The Development of Theater Buildings

*Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals
The Rivals
in Performance

NINETEENTH CENTURY THROUGH THE TURN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
The Nineteenth-Century Theater
The Nineteenth-Century Actor
The Astor Place Riot
Romantic Drama
Melodrama
The Well-Made Play
The Rise of Realism
Nineteenth-Century Drama Timeline

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House
A Doll House in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Henrik Ibsen, Notes for the Modern Tragedy

August Strindberg, Miss Julie
Miss Julie in Performance

COMMENTARY:
August Strindberg, From the Preface to Miss Julie

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest in Performance

Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Peter Brook, On Chekhov

*Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
Pygmalion
in Performance

COMMENTARIES:
*Bernard Shaw, from the Preface to Pygmalion
*Michael Holroyd, The History of Pygmalion

A Cultural Casebook: The “Woman Question” in the Late Nineteenth Century
John Stuart Mill, On the Subjection of Women
August Strindberg, The Woman Question: Women’s Rights
Johan Thorsten Sellin, Marriage and Divorce in Sweden
Richard Panofsky, A Nineteenth-Century Husband’s Letter to His Wife
Helen Watterson Moody, What It Means to Be a Wife
*Shani D’Cruze, Women and the Family
*Helene E. Roberts, The Fallen Woman


DRAMA IN THE EARLY AND MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY

The Heritage of Realism
Realism and Myth
Myth and Culture
Poetic Realism
Social Realism
Realism and Expressionism
Antirealism
Epic Theater
Absurdist Drama
The Early- and Mid-Twentieth-Century Stage
The Early- and Mid-Twentieth-Century Actor
Early – and Mid-Twentieth-Century Drama Timeline

John Millington Synge, Riders to the Sea
Riders to the Sea
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
John Millington Synge, From The Aran Islands

Susan Glaspell, Trifles
Trifles
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Christine Dymkowski, On the Edge: The Plays of Susan Glaspell

Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author
Six Characters in Search of an Author
in Performance

*Federico Garcia Lorca, Blood Wedding
Blood Wedding
in Performance

Eugene O'Neill, Desire under the Elms
Desire under the Elms
in Performance

*Bertolt Brecht, The Good Woman of Setzuan
The Good Woman of Setzuan in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Bertolt Brecht, The Alienation Effect

Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
in Performance
COMMENTARY:
Brenda Murphy, Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan Collaborate on Cat

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Arthur Miller, Tragedy and the Common Man

A Production Casebook: Death of a Salesman
Jo Mielziner, Designing a Play: Death of a Salesman
Elia Kazan, Directing Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller, From “The American Theater”
June Schlueter and James K. Flanagan, Memorable Willy

*Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Martin Esslin, The Theatre of the Absurd

Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
*Lindsay Champion, The Evolution of A Raisin in the Sun

Wole Soyinka, The Strong Breed
The Strong Breed in Performance

CONTEMPORARY DRAMA
Experimentation
Theater of Cruelty
Environmental Theater
“Poor Theater”
Theater of Images
Gay and Lesbian Theater and Other New Ensembles
Contemporary Women Playwrights
Experimentation with the Tradition
Drama in the United States
Drama in Europe: England, Ireland, and France
Drama in Asia and Africa
The Contemporary Theater
The Contemporary Actor
Contemporary Drama Timeline

Harold Pinter, The Homecoming

The Homecoming in Performance

Maria Irene Fornes, Fefu and Her Friends
Fefu and Her Friends
in Performance

*Sam Shepard, True West
True West
in Performance

Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine
Cloud Nine in Performance

*David Mamet, American Buffalo
American Buffalo in Performance

Athol Fugard, “MASTER HAROLD” . . . and the boys
“MASTER HAROLD” . . . and the boys in Performance

August Wilson, Fences
Fences
in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Joan Herrington, The Development of Fences
*August Wilson, The Ground on Which I Stand

Tony Kushner, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Angels in America in Performance

Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive
How I Learned to Drive
in Performance

Suzan-Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog
Topdog/Underdog
in Performance

Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice
Eurydice
in Performance

Lynn Nottage, Ruined
Ruined in Performance

COMMENTARY:
Randy Gener, In Defense of Ruined: Five Elements that Shape
Lynn Nottage’s Masterwork

*Quiara Alegría Hudes, Water by the Spoonful
Water by the Spoonful in Performance

*Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced
Disgraced
in Performance

*Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in Performance

*John Patrick Shanley, Outside Mullingar
Outside Mullingar in Performance

*Stephen Karam, The Humans
The Humans in Performance


Writing About Drama

Writing Criticism about Drama
Approaches to Criticism
Reader Response Criticism
Close Reading
From Prewriting to Final Draft: A Sample Student Essay on The Rising of the Moon
Writing a Review
What is the Purpose of a Review?
What You Need to Write a Good Review
Preparing to Review a Classic Play
Preparing to Review a New Play
Guidelines for Writing Reviews
*Using Video Resources When Thinking and Writing about Drama


Glossary of Dramatic Terms

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