Reading Modern Drama
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.
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- Page Count: 320 pages
- Illustrations: 8
- Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.7in x 8.8in
Author InformationAlan Ackerman is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
1 Gossip Girls: Lady Teazle, Nora Helmer, and Invisible-Hand Drama
2 Vinløv i håret: The Relationship between Women, Language, and Power in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler
3 "Silencio, he dicho!" Space, Language, and Characterization as Agents of Social Protest in Lorca's Rural Tragedies
4 The Money Shot: Economies of Sex, Guns, and Language in Topdog/Underdog
5 The Stage Space and the Circus: e.e. cummings's Him and Frederick Kiesler's Raumbühne
6 How to do Nothing With Words, or Waiting for Godot as Performativity
7 Reinventing Beckett
8 Uncloseting Drama: Gertrude Stein and the Wooster Group
9 Synge's Playboy and the Eugenics of Language
10 The Pillowman and the Ethics of Allegory
11 Cognitive Catharsis in The Caucasian Chalk Circle
12 Jane Harrison and the Savage Dionysus: Archaeological Voyages, Ritual Origins, Anthropology, and the Modern Theatre
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