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The story of drama : tragedy, comedy and sacrifice from the Greeks to the present

Author: Gary Day
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2016. ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tracing the histories of tragedy and comedy from their earliest beginnings to the present, The Story of Drama offers a lively account of the development of each genre, illustrated by close analysis of landmark plays in their contexts. It argues that sacrifice is central to both forms, and demonstrates how its various operations provide a key to understanding a broad swathe of Western drama from Ancient Athens to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Day
ISBN: 9781408184158 140818415X 9781408183120 1408183129
OCLC Number: 956531526
Notes: "Methuen drama"--Cover.
Description: 237 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Sacrifice --
Tragedy, comedy and ritual --
Greek drama --
Roman drama --
Medieval drama --
Renaissance Drama --
Restoration and eighteenth-century drama --
Victorian drama --
Twentieth and twenty-first-century drama --
Conclusion: tragedy, comedy and sacrifice in popular culture.
Responsibility: Gary Day.

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Tracing the histories of tragedy and comedy from their earliest beginnings to the present, The Story of Drama offers a lively account of the development of each genre, illustrated by close analysis of landmark plays in their contexts. It argues that sacrifice is central to both forms, and demonstrates how its various operations provide a key to understanding a broad swathe of Western drama from Ancient Athens to Hollywood.

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The Story of Drama is an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued. * Times Literary Supplement * [A] concise, valuable survey ... Its warm, conversational Read more...

 
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