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Concise history of theatre

Author: Jim Patterson; Tim Donahue
Publisher: Boston : Pearson, ©2014.
Series: Penguin academics
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"This streamlined, engaging text helps students understand the events, places and people that have influenced the history of theatre... Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Identify the major time periods and geographic areas associated with the history of theatre; Distinguish relevant characteristics of theatre in diverse times and places; Describe the underlying cultural, economic, and political  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Patterson; Tim Donahue
ISBN: 9780205209828 0205209823 9780205930043 0205930042
OCLC Number: 804145888
Description: xviii, 381 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the theater of many times and places --
1. Greek theatre --
Theories of the origins of theatre --
Aristotle's theory --
The ritual theory --
The great man theory --
The storytelling theory --
The dance theory --
Traits of Greek theatre --
Plays and playwrights --
Thespis --
Aeschylus --
Sophocles --
Euripides --
Aristophanes and Old Comedy --
Theatre buildings and practices --
The Hellenistic Period --
Aristotle's Poetics --
Mime --
2. Roman theatre, 240 BCE/550 CE --
Roman festivals and theatre of the republic --
Tragedy and comedy --
Plautus --
Terence --
Vitruvius --
Horace --
Seneca --
Theatre buildings, scenery, costumes, and masks --
Paratheatrical entertainments --
Christian opposition to the theatre --
Breakup of the Empire --
The Eastern (Byzantine) Empire and theatre --
3. Early theatre of Asia, 200 BCE/1800 CE --
India --
The Natyasastra --
Indian folk theatre traditions --
China --
Kunqu Opera --
Japan --
Noh drama --
Kabuki --
4. The European Middle Ages --
Early medieval drama theatre : 476-1200 --
Production inside the church --
Later medieval culture and theatre, c. 1200-1550 --
Staging religious plays outside the church --
Secular drama --
The end of medieval religious theatre : the transformation of medieval secular theatre --
Pageant wagons --
5. The Italian Renaissance --
Context --
Humanism --
Secularism --
Reformation --
Fall of Constantinople --
The printing press --
The Arts and theatre --
Theory : neoclassicism --
Practice : Italian Renaissance drama --
Erudite drama --
Illusionism --
Vitruvius in the Renaissance --
Renaissance theatre structures --
Teatro Olimpico --
Sabbioneta Theatre --
Teatro Farnese --
Stage settings for illusionistic theatre --
Contradiction in mainstream theatre --
An alternate theatre : Commedia Dell'Arte --
6. The golden ages of England and Spain --
England and the Golden Age --
Tudor plays and playwrights --
Stuart plays and playwrights --
Shakespeare's legacy --
court masques and new conventions : Inigo Jones --
The closing of English theatres --
Spain in the Golden Age --
Women as audience and as actors --
The Corral del Principe --
Plays and playwrights --
7. Neoclassicism : triumph and decline in France and England --
French theatre through its Golden Age --
Corneille and Le Cid --
Italianate staging --
The Sun King and the Golden Age --
Theatre companies --
Sentimentalism --
English Restoration theatre (1660-c.1750) --
Restoration Drama --
Comedy of manners --
Comedy of intrigue --
Tragedy --
The rise of sentimentalism : 1700-1750 --
Sentimental comedy --
Serious plays : domestic tragedy --
8. Melodrama and the rise of commercialism, 1750-1900 --
Theatre becomes commercial --
Theatre in four countries, c.1700-1850 --
Germany --
England and France --
America --
Actors and actor-managers --
David Garrick --
Edmund Kean --
Charles Macready --
Ellen Terry --
From actor-manager to producer --
The Star System --
Theatrical syndicate in the United States --
Drama in the commercial theatre --
Melodrama in the commercial theatre --
Most important melodrama in English : Uncle Tom's Cabin --
Comedy in the commercial theatre --
Sheridan and Goldsmith : English comic playwrights --
France and the well-made play beginning in 1815 --
Oscar Wilde. 9. Romanticism and realism, 1750-1900 --
Romantics revive Shakespeare --
Romanticism in Germany, England and France --
An aftershock : Richard Wagner, a romantic artist, flourishing 1842-1882 --
Reform after romanticism : realism and naturalism, from c.1850 --
Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen --
André Antoine and the Thèâtre-Libre --
The Free Stage in Germany --
the Independent Stage in Britain --
Konstantin Stanislavski and the Moscow Art Theatre --
Plays and playwrights of realism --
Ibsen --
Chekhov --
Naturalistic playwrights : Hauptmann and Gorky --
10. Theatre in Africa --
Colonialism in the country of South Africa --
Theatre in Northern Africa --
Theatre in Sub-Saharan Africa --
Yoruba performance --
Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka --
South African playwright Athol Fugard --
Theatre for development --
11. Theatre in Reactions to commercialism and realism, 1900-1950 --
Revolts against commercialism --
Naturalism --
Symbolism --
Surrealism --
Expressionism --
Cubism --
Constructivism --
Epic Theatre --
Absurdism --
Postmodernism --
Bertolt Brecht and Epic Theatre --
Antonin Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty --
Important US theatre groups --
The Theatre Guild --
The Group Theatre --
The Federal Theatre Project --
The Art Theatre Movement --
Playwrights : sometimes commercial, sometimes not --
Eugene O'Neill --
Elmer Rice : Expressionism on Broadway --
Thornton Wilder --
Luigi Pirandello --
Federico García Lorca --
Comedy in the commercial theatre --
George S. Kaufman --
George Bernard Shaw --
Noel Coward --
Theatre under occupation and totalitarianism --
12. Musical theatre --
Composers --
Lyricists --
The integrated musical --
Gender and race and the US musical --
Song forms --
Musicals since 1950 --
Concept musicals --
Stephen Sondheim : lyricist and composer --
Musicals and popular songs --
the sung-through musical --
Jukebox musicals --
Disney recycles and musical revivals --
13. Eclecticism: US theatre from 1950 --
The Age of Anxiety --
The rise of terrorism --
Professional theatre --
Commercial theatre --
Not-for-Profit theatre --
Plays and playwrights since 1950 --
Tennessee Williams --
Arthur Miller --
Edward Albee --
Neil Simon --
Political Avant-Garde in theatre --
Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theatre --
Identity theatre emerges --
For African Americans --
For women --
For gays and lesbians --
For Latinos/Latinas --
Absurdism, performance art, and postmodernism --
Theatrical response to 9/11 and new wars --
Metamorphoses : New York --
Guantánamo : British --
The Lysistrata Project : international --
Black Watch : Scotland --
All my sons : New York --
The cultural displacement of theatre --
14. European theatre after 1950 --
Germany --
Great Britain --
The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre --
France --
Italy --
Poland --
15. Theatre in Asia from 1800 --
Theatre in India since ca. 1800 --
Western-style theatre emerges --
Chinese theatre after 1790 --
Beijing Opera --
Spoken drama --
Theatre in Communist China --
Later Japanese theatre --
Butoh : dance, theatre, or what? --
Kabuki --
Why Asian theatre is often Western focused --
16. Globalization of theatre --
Musicals in Asia --
International musical successes --
Techniques and styles --
Non-European theatre in Western countries --
Global Shakespeare --
Belarus free theatre.
Series Title: Penguin academics
Other Titles: Concise history of theater
Responsibility: Jim Patterson, Tim Donahue.

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"This streamlined, engaging text helps students understand the events, places and people that have influenced the history of theatre... Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Identify the major time periods and geographic areas associated with the history of theatre; Distinguish relevant characteristics of theatre in diverse times and places; Describe the underlying cultural, economic, and political environments as they affected theatre in different times and places; Associate major participants who made theatre within their historical and regional context."--Publisher description.

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