Reading Modern Drama

Author: Alan Ackerman

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442661496

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Exploring the relationship between dramatic language and its theatrical aspects, Reading Modern Drama provides an accessible entry point for general readers and academics into the world of contemporary theatre scholarship. This collection promotes the use of diverse perspectives and critical methods to explore the common theme of language as well as the continued relevance of modern drama in our lives. Reading Modern Drama offers provocative close readings of both canonical and lesser-known plays, from Hedda Gabler to e.e. cummings' Him. Taken together, these essays enter into an ongoing, fruitful debate about the terms 'modern' and 'drama' and build a much-needed bridge between literary studies and performance studies.

English Drama, 1900-1930

The Beginnings of the Modern Period

Author: Allardyce Nicoll

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780521129473

Category: English drama

Page: 1083

View: 3572



Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama

Comic Elders on the Italian and Shakespearean Stage

Author: Anthony Ellis

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754665786

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

View: 5252


As it considers early modern medical theories, sexual myths, and intergenerational conflicts, this book traces the development of the comic old man character in Renaissance comedy, from his many incarnations in Venice and Florence to his popularity on the English stage. As Anthony Ellis shows how English dramatists adapted an Italian model to portray concerns about growing old, he sheds new light on early modern society's complex attitudes toward aging.

The Modern Standard Drama

A Collection of the Most Popular Acting Plays, with Critical Remarks : Also the Stage Business, Costumes, Etc

Author: Francis Courtney Wemyss,John William Stanhope Hows

Publisher: N.A


Category: English drama (Collections)

Page: N.A

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English Ethnicity and Race in Early Modern Drama

Author: Mary Floyd-Wilson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521810562

Category: Drama

Page: 256

View: 8950


In English Ethnicity and Race in Early Modern Drama, first published in 2003, Mary Floyd-Wilson outlines what we might call 'scientific' conceptions of racial and ethnic differences in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English writing. Drawing on classical and contemporary medical texts, histories and cosmographies, Floyd-Wilson demonstrates that Renaissance understandings of racial and ethnic identities contradicted many modern stereotypes concerning difference. Southerners, Africans, in particular, were identified as dispassionate, cool-tempered and wise, whereas the more northern English were understood to be unruly, impressionable and slow-witted. Concerned with the unflattering and constraining implications of this classically derived knowledge, English writers laboured to reinvent ethnology to their own advantage - a labour that paved the way for the invention of more familiar racial ideas. Floyd-Wilson highlights these English revisionary efforts in her surprising and transformational readings of the period's drama, including Marlowe's Tamburlaine, Jonson's The Masque of Blackness and Shakespeare's Othello and Cymbeline.