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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 1, Plato to Congreve

Michael J. Sidnell D. Conacher Barbara Kerslake Pia Kleber

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Cambridge University Press
06 November 2008
Theatre Studies; Literary theory; Literary studies: plays & playwrights
This volume includes major theoretical writings on drama from the Greeks, through the Renaissance up to the late seventeenth century, compiled and edited for students of drama and theatre. There are substantial extracts from twenty-eight writers including Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Scaliger, Castelvetro, Guarini, Sidney, Jonson, Corneille, Racine, Dryden and Congreve. The compilers have chosen writers who present detailed arguments about issues that are sill relevant to our understanding of drama and theatre. Many of the texts have been freshly translated and all have newly been annotated and introduced by the compilers, who draw attention to recurrent themes by a system of cross-references. Michael Sidnell's useful introduction explores the issues which frequently concern these writers and practitioners: the nature of imitation, the relation of dramatic text to live performance, the effect of stage action on audience emotion and behaviour - issues which still concern critics and theorists of drama today. Later volumes will cover the period from Diderot to Victor Hugo, modern dramatic theory and performance theory.
Contributions by:   D. Conacher, Barbara Kerslake, Pia Kleber, C.J. McDonough
Edited by:   Michael J. Sidnell
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   v. 1
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9780521089432
ISBN 10:   0521089433
Series:   Sources of Dramatic Theory
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   06 November 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 1, Plato to Congreve

...Sidnell has drawn material together in an interesting and useful way. Douglas H. White, Letters In Canada

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