Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama
By (author) W. B. Worthen
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Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama by W. B. Worthen
Book DescriptionWhat does it matter what we read? The question of the materiality of the book has surprising consequences when applied to dramatic writing, where the bookish qualities of dramatic literature, qualities emphasised by the dominion of print culture, have always seemed antagonistic to plays' other life on the stage. In Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama, W. B. Worthen asks how the print form of drama bears on how we understand its dual identity - as play texts and in performance. Beginning with the most salient modern critique of printed drama - arising in the field of Shakespeare editing - Worthen then looks at the ways playwrights and performance artists from George Bernard Shaw and Gertrude Stein to Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Anna Deavere Smith and Sarah Kane stage the poetics of modern drama in the poetics of the page.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521841849
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author W. B. Worthen
Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater, Paperback (October 2015)
Tracing British and American stage drama from the 1880s onward, this book shows drama as the interplay of text, stage production, and audience. It identifies three rhetorical strategies that distinguish an O'Neill play from a Yeats, or these two from a Brecht.
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Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama, Paperback (March 2009)
In Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama, W. B. Worthen asks how the print form of drama bears on how we understand its dual identity.
Companion to Shakespeare and Performance, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by W. B. Worthen
A state-of-the-art overview of the rapidly developing field of Shakespeare performance studies. Redraws the boundaries of Shakespeare performance studies. Considers performance in a range of media, including in print, in the classroom, in the theatre, in film, on television and video, in multimedia and digital forms.
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Author Biography - W. B. Worthen
W. B. Worthen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Idea of the Actor (1984), Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (1992), Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (Cambridge, 1997), and of Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance (Cambridge, 2003). He has served as the editor of Theatre Journal and as the coeditor of Modern Drama, and has published widely in professional journals. He is also the editor of the widely-used Wadsworth Anthology of Drama and of Modern Drama: Plays/Criticism/Theory, which won the 1995 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Research Award.
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