The Drama Handbook: A Guide to Reading Plays / Edition 1
This book provides an accessible guide to drama, its craft, and its technique using extensive examples from the major dramatists' most frequently studied plays. It aims to make students familiar with technical vocabulary and critical concepts that will deepen their reading of drama. With a special section on exam technique and a glossary of terms, this is an ideal introduction to the concepts and issues students will find useful when reading drama.
PROVISIONAL CONTENTS Introduction I. Performance, Notation, Text 1. Performance: process and the ephemeral 2. Notation: documentation, typography, and the preserved 3. Text: editing and reception II. Reading Structures 4. What is genre? 5. The classical genres: comedy, tragedy, epic, and satire 6. Religion: the liturgy and medieval cycles 7. Renaissance innovations: Commedia dell'arte, tragicomedy, masque, and opera 8. Modern innovations: panto, melodrama, the well-made play & musicals 9. Social genres: Lehrstucke, agit.-prop., mass, documentary, and community theatre 10. Beyond genre: Beckett and after III. Defining Architecture 11. The study 12. The workshop and rehearsal rooms 13. The stage and auditorium 14. The printshop and bookshop 15. The library IV. Personnel in Process 16. Playwrights 17. Actors 18. Directors 19. Dramaturgs 20. Designers 21. Technical Crew 22. Audience 23. Critics 24. Publishers and booksellers 25. Readers V. Performance: challenges to the playtext 26. Drama versus performance 27. Performance processes 28. Postmodernism and Performance VI. Exam Conditions VII Glossary General index Index of plays and playwrights cited Select bibliography