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Theory and Analysis of Drama

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The Theory and Analysis of Drama by Manfred Pfister
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Manfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent and comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions. The materical on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods of drama, from Greek tragedy and comedy to the contemporary theatre, with the plays of Shakespeare providing a special focus. His approach is not historical but systematic, combining more abstract categorisations with detailed and concrete interpretations of specific sample texts. An extensive international bibliography of relevant theatre and drama studies further enhances the practical value of the book.

Table of Contents

Preface; Translator's note; A note on the English edition; 1. Drama and the dramatic; 2. Drama and the theatre; 3. Sending and receiving information; 4. Verbal communication; 5. Dramatis personae and dramatic figures; 6. Story and plot; 7. Structures of time and space; Concluding note; Notes; Bibliography; Index of authors.
Release date NZ
October 25th, 1991
Series edited by Herbert Grabes Series edited by Paul-Gabriel Bouc Series edited by Prof Dr. Dieter Mehl Series edited by Robert Ellrodt Series edited by Roger Asselineau Series edited by Ulrich Broich Translated by John Halliday
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
black & white illustrations
Cambridge University Press
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